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8/29/2016
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Terry Sweeney
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Hollywood's 7 Dumbest Hacking Depictions

Movies and TV shows too often use hacking as a deus ex machina device to resolve an impossible plot, but real hacking takes time, effort and lots of testing.
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'Just find an open port on the NSA server...'

'Thematically timely but dramatically inert,' was how Rotten Tomatoes succinctly characterized 2015's non-thriller Blackhat. Fresh from playing Norse god Thor, chesty Chris Hemsworth gets tasked with hacking into the National Security Agency. Viola Davis, showing a range of emotion that would dumbfound a real FBI agent, hands him a laptop and mumbles a vague warning about avoiding detection. Cut away to some fast typing (a recurring bad hacker meme), then to Hemsworth's tense brow, and boom, he puts the hammer down on the NSA server and gathers all its secrets about you, me and everyone we know.

Of course, this was all before Shadow Brokers made hacking the NSA look as easy as Blackhat. But there are still questions about whether they hacked an actual NSA server or some proxy with NSA files on it. Regardless, Blackhat still makes real infosec professionals pelt their screens with popcorn.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

'Just find an open port on the NSA server'

"Thematically timely but dramatically inert," was how Rotten Tomatoes succinctly characterized 2015's non-thriller Blackhat. Fresh from playing Norse god Thor, chesty Chris Hemsworth gets tasked with hacking into the National Security Agency. Viola Davis, showing a range of emotion that would dumbfound a real FBI agent, hands him a laptop and mumbles a vague warning about avoiding detection. Cut away to some fast typing (a recurring bad hacker meme), then to Hemsworth's tense brow, and boom, he puts the hammer down on the NSA server and gathers all its secrets about you, me and everyone we know.

Of course, this was all before Shadow Brokers made hacking the NSA look as easy as Blackhat. But there are still questions about whether they hacked an actual NSA server or some proxy with NSA files on it. Regardless, Blackhat still makes real infosec professionals pelt their screens with popcorn.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Joe Stanganelli
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9/3/2016 | 5:02:00 PM
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@Terry: I feel like War Games gets a pass because it almost qualifies as a sort of semi-apocalyptic sci-fi.

But then, I've never actually seen it all the way through.
T Sweeney
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9/2/2016 | 7:01:12 PM
Re: The Net
Hi Joe: Yeah, The Net popped up on some the contributions we got. War Games too.

Ahh, the '80s and '90s!
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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9/2/2016 | 2:26:57 PM
The Net
Mid-90s Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net could have easily been on here too.

The funny thing is that, as utterly preposterous as that movie was at the time, today a lot of it is not so far-fetched at all.
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