Hackers: Outlaws and Angels

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Hackers: Outlaws and AngelsThis alarming program reveals the daily battle between the Internet’s outlaws and the hackers who oppose them by warding off system attacks, training IT professionals and police officers, and watching cyberspace for signs of imminent infowar.

Through interviews with frontline personnel from the Department of Defense, NYPD’s computer crime squad, private detective firm Kroll Associates, X-Force Threat Analysis Service, and several notorious crackers, the program provides penetrating insights into the millions of hack attacks that occur annually in the U.S. - including one that affected the phone bills of millions and another that left confidential details of the B-1 stealth bomber in the hands of teenagers.

The liabilities of wireless networks, the Code Red worm, and online movie piracy are also discussed.

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23 Comments / User Reviews

  1. jamahl

    Little bit outdated but worth a watch

  2. hak

    I hate the whole ethics tone of this program.

  3. Sam

    This is demonizing propaganda. I could hardly stand the black and white dualist mentality. Hackers are a grey area, always have been always will, somebody's devil is always someone else's hero, you can count on this film as a one sided view against hackers and your cyberspace freedom. I would look at who paid for this doc to be made, obviously corporations are convinced that cyberspace should be chopped up and sold to us just like our water and the air we breath. Apparently anyone who sees it different is a bad guy. This reminds me alot of the church.

  4. Fly Poster

    Thanks Sam, i'll give this a miss.

  5. Kristine

    Hackers are my heroes for sure, and I love programs that get around the stupid one-size-fits-all gates.

    Audiograbber saved my music collection when the CD's I'd purchased got damaged on the plane. Proxy servers give me access to Pandora's radio from within Canada...

    Some dick deciding that I should have to pay repeatedly to listen to the same songs, or preventing me from accessing new artists because the label owners in my country have their panties on backwards... they're the bad guys in my world.

    I'm not out to pirate the planet. I wish they'd leave the little guys alone.

  6. EOS

    imo, someone has tho show them corporate bozos they're not invincible. my bet is on the hackers. some might be snakes but most are OUR snakes.

  7. Nguyen Vinh

    I love to become a hacker. that's i my dream

  8. Overworld

    Before even watching this i suspect it will be very narrowminded and one-sided. (I'd be glad to be proven wrong) There are definitely good sides to hacking. Good for democracy and freedom of information and freedom of speech. Of course if you are in a position where these things threatens your power or business-model you would see it as something bad, and you would selectively see and convey only the negative sides of it. Human psychology.

  9. Paul Michaelson

    Live by the computer, die by the computer. It's our new destiny! We create a world where everything is connected to networks. Personal security is quite simply a thing of the past. Did you know that if you go outside and look at your electrical box on your house. You'll see a mark called Smart Meter. This device and connected to any smart meter appliance and literary take complete control with out your knowledge. Soon your coffee maker will start talking back to you MUHAHAHAHA..

  10. dirtyboyduval

    Love it! Internet ,Down with the corporations maan!

  11. Paul Burkart

    I'm only twelve and i've already hacked into websites Like SAVA and some other ones I'm what u would call a gray hat hacker I cant wait till i'm older so i can work for some Companys as a white hat hacker

  12. Paul Burkart

    hha aint that true

  13. zaphodity

    The worse these idiots could manage would be writing the word "FART" on the FBI's main webpage.

  14. zaphodity

    Only people I know who screwed with power grids was ENRON.

  15. politicallyinclined

    This doc presents the hackers v angels view in such a black and white fashion that misrepresents the many grey areas that exist in our world. there is no mention of hackers hacking for the purposes of gaining information hiden from the public for ethical reasons not for money or personal gain. the film also assumes companies that hire hackers operate in an ethical way to begin with when they may be engaging in illegal or illicit activities that can be revealed by so called "black hooded' hackers. poor representation of the major issues and debate surrounding hacking, internet security and freedom of information.

  16. politicallyinclined

    This doc presents the hackers v angels view in such a black and white fashion that misrepresents the many grey areas that exist in our world. there is no mention of hackers hacking for the purposes of gaining information hiden from the public for ethical reasons not for money or personal gain. the film also assumes companies that hire hackers operate in an ethical way to begin with when they may be engaging in illegal or illicit activities that can be revealed by so called "black hooded' hackers. poor representation of the major issues and debate surrounding hacking, internet security and freedom of information.

  17. politicallyinclined

    True that!

  18. papppie

    Interesting, even though it's about 10yrs old.

  19. Anuniaq

    A few months ago Ukrainian police arrested servers of a major Ukrainian torrent website ex.ua after Microsoft complained. In response a team of hackers broke into government websites and posted online an instruction on how to break government webistes so anyone without special knowledge will be able to do it. ex.ua is now working but still in process of recovering information from arrested servers.
    P.S. A lot of hacking is done from Ukraine due to talented and educated people and lack of regulation. I doubt that a single hacker has ever got to prison there.

  20. Charles Wehr

    if you can give poor free stuff thats good for humans- thats real freedom

  21. Charles Wehr

    if your giving a mass amount of poor people resources with no price tag that is not a hacker that is called a hero - from my point of view

  22. Moonbeam Eleven Crocket

    WTF?!? This is rubbish, propa-shit. Good and bad? rubbish. If you were to 'attack'/hack a bank or a government agency to gain evidence of crime, are you bad? If you hack a greedy multinational corp are you bad? Who is really bad? Big business is bad, big governments are bad... finally... the tiger-team are poofs, too scared to fly free.. the tiger-team is really bad, bad at being good.

  23. Thomas Watson

    I'm really glad the world has moved on from this good vs evil analogy. Nowadays anyone in the business, whatever side your on, knows they are all the same. Is it the guy who bypasses paywalls and releases 20,000 academic papers for free an amoral b*stard or is it the lying 'security tech' who tells government 'cyberwar' is real in exchange for 100,000 dollar salary. This doc stinks of a lack of understanding of the subject matter. Skip it, you will never get those 45 minutes back...

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