Hackers: Their only crime is still curiosity
It’s the 20th anniversary of “Hackers,” one of only a handful of movies in the cybersecurity film canon. It occupies a strange place in an information security community that doesn’t traditionally suffer technical inaccuracy — “Hackers” is both beloved and technologically ridiculous. Two decades after characters Crash Override went swimming with Acid Burn, we’ve asked actual hackers, engineers, social critics, filmmakers, and even “Hackers” director Iain Softley to reflect on the movie’s influence and lasting appeal.
“It’s great to be part of history, by performing one of the hacks that originated from the movie.” said Chris Rock who recreated the scene in a recent DEFCON presentation on killing someone virtually. In the movie Dade Miller kills off an investigating detective Richard Gill to cause havoc.