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Security Exploits in the Movies, Part 1

Created: 26 Mar 2009 • Updated: 31 Mar 2009 • 18 comments
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If I'm going to start a new blog on a new community, it will need to be about something different. So I'm going to concentrate my blog here to be focused on Security Exploits in the movies. Now, movies like Hackers or The Net which always shows some ridiculous 3D animated eye-candy UI which is what hackers are using. News to Hollywood: when I open my mail, it does not always animate a paper letter opening up and then showing me the email. If it did that, I think I would have wasted about 2 years of my life watching envelops open up.

Since this is the first blog entry, I'll have to start with the best example where Hollywood obviously hired a security expert to do the senses. Trinity in The Matrix Reloaded . pulls out Nmap version 2.54BETA25, (nice choice) and uses it to find a vulnerable SSH server, and then properly exploits the hell out of it using the SSH1 CRC32 exploit from 2001. (Ok, so there are some timing issues with this, or they don't have their YUM updating properly, but they should be hacked for being vulnerable to something that was patched in 2001.)

Next up, some new movies showing exploits or Symantec software.   Look for it soon.

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Tejas Shah's picture

Interesting topic

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RichardXClark's picture

Cool thread, please do more on this topic

I always laugh/yawn/titter/roll eyes whenever a movie gui has sound effects for every keystroke & screen write

everyone knows that after 2 hours of getting a PC, you are already annoyed by windows event sound actions & turn to 'no sounds' scheme
 

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Tejas Shah's picture

I was expecting some more expamles shall come. Atleast the part 2.

This was a good way to get relaxed after a tiring day.

Tejas

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mon_raralio's picture

Don't forget the first Jurassic Park when one of the characters (a young female geek) logs in to the network, says it's a Unix and she knows it, and then proceeds to access the files via a cool 3D GUI file explorer.

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

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Tejas Shah's picture

was expecting some more expamles shall come. Atleast the part 2.

This was a good way to get relaxed after a tiring day.

Tejas

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Nel Ramos's picture

Speaking of Jurassic Park 1 a moment ago, Remember when they tried to break the fat geeks password and after failing a cartoon figure with the geeks head saying "uh, uh, uh, you forgot the magic word!".
Holliwood tends to decorate programs to look interesting to the movie goers.

Nel Ramos

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mon_raralio's picture

I agree with Dperfeckgent. Not everyone would want to see someone typing basic DOS or Unix command in  a terminal - maybe less than 5 secs would do it. It doesn't look futuristic enough. And there is no drama. :P

Same reason that their monitors are extremely bright that we can see the overall color of the screen on the faces or the wall in the back or maybe blame the sensitivity of the cameras for that?

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

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Paul Murgatroyd's picture

Its always quite interesting to see Harrison Ford configuring a Cisco device in the movie "Firewall" :-)

Paul Murgatroyd
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mon_raralio's picture

I knew I've seen the picture before...
http://nmap.org/movies.html

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Nel Ramos's picture

ops.
mon_raralio, you really researched this.
Opened the site and seen the wares they had used.
NMAP... better seen in the wide screen that just ping commands that could make the viewers bored.
just my thoughts.

Nel Ramos

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Nel Ramos's picture

ops.
mon_raralio, you really researched this.
Opened the site and seen the wares they had used.
NMAP... better seen in the wide screen that just ping commands that could make the viewers bored.
just my thoughts.

Nel Ramos

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mon_raralio's picture

Nah, just surfing. Found this while looking for monitoring tools.

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Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

 Its not real but Cyber movies like
"Pirates of Silicon Valley" was really informative for me to how Microsoft and Apple came into picture

Hackers , takedown was good specially about Kevin ( i know it was controvertial movie still...)
Sneakers was also good
Matrix was really a matrix for me but i liked the concept though

Specially the movies in which they actual hacking like Garbage dumping and Social Engineering.

Vikram Kumar

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Nel Ramos's picture

The latest DIE HARD movie of Bruce Willis also tackles hackers that wanted to put an end to technology...
The movie exploited on electronic money transfers, bank transfers and the control of media and utilities that made the US in a state of chaos due to ths...

Good thing its only a movie...

thanks.. 

Nel Ramos

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mon_raralio's picture

Heck, Transforemers even have hackers which happen to be "Robots in Disguise".
All they did was pick up the main server and all the wires came out of their hands and begin downloading from the military server. They also have a virus that evolves. And since they're "sentient" beings, can easily access even the terminals on Airforce One.

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Nel Ramos's picture

Lets just wait for the second installment of transformers on how they would exploit IT security..
till then, lets just hold to our horses...
Thanks...

Nel Ramos

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Adimof's picture

Damn... I waited for this movie so much. [EDITED]

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NyQuil64's picture

Finally someone acknowledges this. I find computer use, especially hacking, in movies and on TV to be laughable.
Even Wargames (1983) had Joshua (W.O.P.R.) talking to Dr. Falken...sigh

Remember...
Where ever you go...
There you are.

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