A couple of weeks ago, Facebook announced that owners of Oculus VR gear will soon be forced to have Facebook accounts if they hope to enjoy its subsidiary’s technologies moving forward, with the exception of giving a grace period to those who bought any Oculus hardware prior to Palmer Luckey getting Lucky with a Facebook buyout valued at $2 billion.
And while a company pushing its products onto a smaller pool of its subsidiary’s customers is hardly news, the public backlash that followed was certainly noteworthy. Because it served as a good reminder that an increasing number of people dislikes Facebook. Today, we have evidence of that dislike being even stronger than initially anticipated, and in large enough volumes to procure some world-class engineering talent.
Which is a super convoluted way of saying the Oculus Quest 2 got hacked, with the message behind the move being for its business to get rekt together with its mandatory citizen ID policy. The Oculus Quest 2 was targeted precisely because it was the first piece of VR head-wear to have enforced that policy from day one. Well, attempted to enforce, because someone just managed to gain root access to the device. And though it’s still too early to say for sure, Facebook’s spying apparatus will probably survive this blow to its core systems.