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Wednesday, May 21, 2003  

Finally the Movies Do it Right
One of my pet peeves in movies is the depiction of computer use by characters in film. 90% of the time there is some weird 3D GUI being used by the "hackers" in movies. An body remember Jurassic Park's representation of "UNIX?" Or all of "Hackers?" A few movies have been getting CLOSE to what hacking actually looks like. "The Score" had a good hacker character and showed a pretty good facsimile of command-line, and the scene in X2 with Mystique hacking the Mutant database was believable enough (and looked to me like some future version of Mac OS 9). But Matrix: Reloaded got it right. Towards the end when Trinity is trying to take the power-grid offline she uses Nmap (a hacker/security tool for finding insecure networks) to exploit a SSH server. You can see some screen grabs (don't ask where they got them) here. Props to the tech-advisors on that film!

posted by JMV | 5/21/2003 03:27:00 PM
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