Ever wonder what some of the hackers behind our favorite jailbreaks and unlocks look like? It’s interesting to know the teams of people who are smart enough to do this stuff, but most keep themselves away from the public eye.
This is probably because they don’t want any unneeded attention. However, there are a few out there who have revealed themselves to the public, and it doesn’t seem to have caused much of a problem.
Let’s take a look at some of those who have made their faces public:
Geohot (George Hotz)
Geohot, whose real name is George Hotz, is probably the most famous of the iPhone hackers. He was known for being part of the team that was responsible for the first iPhone unlock.
The Dev Team:
This guy is part of the iPhone Dev-Team. All we can say is he is definitely deserving of his name. He is a prominent member of the hacking community and focuses on iPhone unlocks.
Planetbeing (David Wang)
This guy is an awesome iPhone hacker and member of the Dev-Team. Like MuscleNerd, he is one of the more publicly-seen members. One of his most notable accomplishments was getting Android running on an iPhone.
Saurik (Jay Freeman)
This is the guy who developed Cydia, which is known to those with jailbroken iPhones as the place they can get the Apps that don’t make it to the App Store as well as modifications to the operating system that allow for things that may not yet be allowed by Apple (A popular one before iOS4 was multitasking). Still, many know it as the place where you can find those apps that didn’t pass Apple’s App Store approval process.
More on the Dev-Team
In addition this is part of the 25C3 Presentation on Hacking the iPhone. Speakers were MuscleNerd, Planetbeing and Prytey. The video is actually a slideshow presentation, but you can hear the three Dev-Team members speak throughout the presentation.
Posixninja (Joshua Hill)
The Chronic Dev-Team was known for their SHAtter exploit, which was put on hold after Geohot released a jailbreak using is own exploit on the day before they released theirs. In an interview he explained that he is a high school/college dropout and that all the jobs he’d ever had were minimum wage. Looks like he ended up doing pretty good for himself in the end.
For now, those are the only members of the hacking community that have made their faces publicly viewable. Keep in mind that they may not want to be public figures. Still, it’s interesting to see who is behind the hacks we use. It puts a face on the people who create it all.