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The New Yorker profiles George Hotz, the original iPhone and PS3 jailbreaker

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"I hack because I'm bored," famed iPhone and PS3 hacker George Hotz told The New Yorker in a huge piece penned by Josh Kushner on the boy genius' exploits over the last several years.

Unlocked iPhone 4 Verge Temp
Unlocked iPhone 4 Verge Temp

"I hack because I'm bored," famed iPhone and PS3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz told The New Yorker in a huge piece penned by David Kushner. Kushner's brilliant profile follows Hotz over the course of several years — from his original iPhone "unlock" to a recent gig at Facebook that he quit just eight months after joining. There are even mentions of projects long past, like a laser-guided robot that won Hotz an appearance on The Today Show. In its latter half, the profile also delves into Hotz's lawsuit with Sony that inspired the PlayStation Network take-down that occurred last year. And if you're forgotten how the jailbreaking situation looked back when it was conceived in 2007, check out the video of Hotz embedded below: