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  • GeoHot Turns Down the $10,000 Bounty for 3.1.2 Unlock

    GeoHot's decision to take on the iPhone 3.1.2 unlock was criticized for coming after Jody Sanders' offer of $10,000 - especially given that he had previously said he would not work on it. Today, in a scathing post on his blog, GeoHot said that though the unlock will be released on November 4 he was turning down the money, because Sanders "and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum."

    GeoHot is the pseudonym of 20-year-old George Hotz, the illustrious hacker behind the iPhone jailbreaks purplera1n and blackra1n, as well as the at+stkprof exploit used in the yellowsn0w unlock, announced yesterday he had an unlock solution for baseband 05.11.07. While this was welcomed by the community in general, he was challenged by bloggers like the iPhone Download Blog's Sebastien Page for why he was taking Sanders's money. Sanders gained notoriety for selling iPhone unlocks, purporting it to be his own work that was entirely stolen from the Dev Team. Page said, of GeoHot: "He sure is a genius but the kid is way too cocky, pretentious and has no ethic."

    In today's blog post turning down the money, GeoHot called for a campaign against businesses who unethically "make money selling freeware:"

    Iím asking for everyones help on this. Our weapon is information. Get the truth out, that all iPhone unlocks and jailbreaks are free, and if you are buying something, you arenít getting anything a simple google search couldnít get you, and are probably funding someones crack habit.
    It would have been easy for GeoHot to take Sanders's money, even if he disagreed with his methods. But he decided that it wasn't worth compromising his integrity, and it's a class move to not only turn down the money, but to use the publicity that his decision is sure to generate as a way to spread the word that people should never pay for jailbreaks or unlocks.

    image via blackra1n.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GeoHot Turns Down the $10,000 Bounty for 3.1.2 Unlock started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 125 Comments
    1. mwo2616's Avatar
      mwo2616 -
      Hell, I'll give $10,000 for not taking the $10,000. WTG GEO!!!!!
    1. mammad78's Avatar
      mammad78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thebug3000 View Post
      I would of taken 20k and still released it...hehehe
      he really should do that

      many thanks to GeoHot
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      respect GeoHot!
      im not shure if i could resist the money

      we should all donate to him... maybe we can get him 10k
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      http://wichita.craigslist.org/mob/1450632526.html as I said I would (attn moderaters I am not selling or profiting from this just putting it out there)
    1. beav626's Avatar
      beav626 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      Well, I have respect for Geohot for standing up for what he believes at 20 years old. That's integrity. And thats rare in this society.
      I couldnt have said it better myself!

      Thanks GEO