I found this article this morning and had to share the humor! TV never really portrays things as they are, sit with my mom, a nurse and watch Greys Anatomy, it’s kind of the same as watching TV shows with Technology in them, and how far off they often are.
Some of what you see on TV technically be done, but it’s far from being exciting and really takes quite an expert to achieve.
The one movie they forgot was the classic “Hackers” and the TV Show “Criminal Minds”
Courtesy of NakedSecurity
Working in the computer security industry, we’re pretty used to seeing malware and hacking misrepresented on our TV and movie screens.
The truth is that normally malware is pretty humdrum. There’s nothing much to see (after all, if a piece of malware announces its presence, it sort of makes it obvious to the computer’s owner that they have an infection), and any damage done is normally hard to present on the screen.
Spooks and the DDoS submarine
BBC TV drama “Spooks”, which follows the complicated lives of MI5 agents, has flirted with malware and hacking on multiple occasions – almost always unrealistically.
For instance, the episode where the secret service uncovers a plot by Russia to destroy the British economy by launching a DDoS attack against all the country’s computers. How are the Ruskies going to achieve it? By using a submarine, of course.
Not just any old submarine, but one which can intercept deep sea internet communications cables in the North Atlantic and launch an attack directly to British shores.
Fortunately, MI5 has a “zero day virus” and 30 seconds in which to launch a counter-attack against the sub.
And who can forget “Swordfish”? Baddy John Travolta wants hacker Hugh Jackman to hack into a Department of Defense computer system – and only gives him 60 seconds to do the job.
Travolta’s female friend Helga helps Hugh with a problem he’s having with his coaxial cable in a scene that’s possibly NSFW:
Not your normal interview technique.
Navy cop show NCIS came under an attack from hackers that was so severe, they had two people using the same keyboard to try to deflect it!
Fortunately the oldest way to protect yourself from internet threats prevails. Unplug yourself.
CSI: New York
The good folks at CSI are on the trail of the Cabbie Killer. Fortunately, they have a technical whiz in their team:
“I’ll create a GUI interface using Visual Basic, see if I can track an IP address”.
Visual Basic? Simply fantastic. You go girl! You’re l33t!
And now our friends at F-Secure have blogged about an episode of US TV series “Bones”, which takes things to a whole new level of lunacy.
Computers burst into flames because of a “malware fractal” that was imprinted on a shooting victim’s bones shut the computer’s fans off when the bones were scanned into the computer, thus uploading the virus.