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5 Mr. Robot Hacks That Could Happen in Real Life
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ManuelW789
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ManuelW789,
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7/23/2017 | 2:33:07 PM
Re: Hackers and Hollywood
agreed, but this is not "100% accurate" as you said, i feel like they sacraficed a lot of details for the sake of storytelling, some of the stuff are straightforward wrong, as you can see here: https://www.offensive-security.com/faq/

but the overall qulity is undeniable
Kristheduck
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Kristheduck,
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3/23/2017 | 1:44:21 PM
Re: Hackers and Hollywood
Mr. Robot was a breakthrough in my opinion, it was the first show I've seen that actually bothered to do a bit technic training before they filmed the show, must shows are reduced to nonsense techno-babble because of the reason "if it sounds real – it is real" I know for a fact (from my sources at https://www.offensive-security.com/ the creators of kali linux) that the hacking in the show is 100% accurate
aashbel
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aashbel,
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3/13/2017 | 11:21:23 AM
Love it.
Great article.
RetiredUser
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RetiredUser,
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12/27/2016 | 11:55:12 AM
Mental Illness as a Social Hack
I have to vote for the mental state of Elliot as a very realistic element of the hacker world.  While not a condition of all hackers and crackers, I've found many of my co-workers over the years who were brilliant in InfoSec and talented hackers had some variation of mental illness or intellectual "differences".  As a victim of mental illness myself, I fully appreciate Elliot's talent as a social engineer both aided and threatened by his tentative grip on reality.  I feel for him as he slips in and out of control and I appreciate the dichotomy of balancing the need to do something huge that supports a deeply held ideal, but still wanting to hide in the shadows and not be noticed at all.  Over time, I think it is very believable that one can slip into multiple personalities just to manage the conflicting needs, wants and desires. 

I can see past the artistic license taken, too.  Some are trying to apply literal comparisons to the real-life world of hacking, but just like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we have to appreciate the element of art that is being infused into the story.  Let's reserve literal comparisons that draw criticism for bio-pics on personas like Snowden and Assange where it's important to know what is misinformation and what is reality.  Mr. Robot is artisitic entertainment, with a little much-needed social commentary sprinkled on top.   
JulietteRizkallah
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JulietteRizkallah,
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7/27/2016 | 9:57:13 AM
Hackers and Hollywood
Awesome review of the first season of an awesome show.  I cannot wait to see what will inspire season 2 from the largest databreaches of healthcare companies, government agencies to , very recently, political organizations.  But this raise the important question of the role of Hollywood in raising awereness for a new "profession": hacker.  Since the 70s hackers have been prosecuted but also admired by the public. The fame of some can outrage the pure white hat security professional, but Hollywood and the film industry has made a point recently to portray hackers as modern "Robin Hood".  Let's just hope that this show keeps its course of portraying past real hacks versus designing new hacks and inspiring criminal hackers in learning.  Many other criminal shows have been unfortunately down that path before.


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