If it's not Anonymous claiming responsibility for the PlayStation Network attacks or LulzSec's 50 day spate of attacks against the likes of Nintendo and Fox, hacking was big news in 2011 and it's all set to continue this year. Post SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) protests, the hacking collective has set upon US government websites in retaliation to the closure of file-sharing website Megaupload.
Breaking through firewalls and encrypted passwords is nothing new to the folks in Hollywood who have been dealing with the subject of hacking way before alleged LulzSec and Anonymous were even on the scene. Taking a trip down movie memory lane, here's our pick of the five great Hollywood movie hackers.
The original and still one of the best hacker movies sees Matthew Broderick nearly kicking off a global nuclear war by mistake. Gave rise to the internet meme, “Would you like to play a game?” Well, would you…?
High-school geeks including Angelina Jolie get caught up in a confusing, corporate conspiracy. With dialogue like, “There is no right and wrong. There’s only fun and boring,” it’s like a proto-Anonymous manifesto.
Harrison Ford is a security expert forced to steal from his employers to save his family, while reeling off endless tech buzz phrases, like “false positives” and “access lists”. Somewhat less fun than stealing ancient relics from tombs…
Die Hard 4.0
King of the geeks, director Kevin Smith, plays digital Jedi “Warlock”, masterminding hacks from his mum’s basement. Impressively, Smith manages to say “mutating algorithmic security code” like he knows what the hell it means.
The Social Network
The story of Mark Zuckerberg’s rise from Harvard dorm-room hacker to Facebook billionaire begins with the phrase “Let the hacking begin”, as Zuckerberg compromises the university’s student databases.