In the Realm of the Hackers

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Ratings: 8.74/10 from 23 users.

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In the Realm of the HackersIn The Realm of the Hackers is an Australian documentary directed by Kevin Anderson about the prominent hacker community, centered in Melbourne, Australia in the late 80's to early 1990.

The storyline is centered around the Australian teenagers going by the hacker names Electron and Phoenix, who were members of an elite computer hacking group called The Realm and hacked into some of the most secure computer networks in the world, including those of the US Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a government lab charged with the security of the US nuclear stockpile, and NASA.

So fast and widespread was the attack, no-one could work out how it had happened - until one of the hackers called The New York Times to brag.

Ten years after their arrest, this dramatized documentary uncovers not only how they did it but why. It takes us headlong into the clandestine, risky but intoxicating world of the computer underground.

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Comments and User Reviews

  • Gary V

    An interesting doc. Not a subject that I have ever really looked into before, but it's definitely interesting to find out about these things. I'm intrigued now, I will have to dig a little deeper into the subject. Just out of curiosity of course.

    P.S. I have had a little look into it & it appears that you need to know a little more than just how to turn a computer on, so that's me out of it. I think that I will just stick to watching docs.

  • FranYule

    Watching this was interesting .... i was intro'd early into computers but it never occurred to me to try hacking.... damn!

  • penorcas

    i thought the equipment these guys were using is so outdated what is going on out there with todays computers..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=849840276 Andreas Luneborg

    Ah the nostalgia, computers surly lost something along the way. How will my kids ever take interest in the humble command prompt these days? How will they relate when dad rants about hex editing and assembler debugging? Futile

  • http://www.facebook.com/A7med.Abdelfattah Ahmed Abdelfattah

    It was a good documentary but not great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Starkey/840039125 Gavin Starkey

    I really enjoyed watching this, It brought me back to my youth. Very clever young kids just hooked on a thrill. Never for any harm but for the challenge of getting in! I hope they have good jobs that pay well now.

  • LizKnight

    Wow, this brings back memories, especially when the kid gets bitched out by his dad for outrageous phone bills. Some of the coolest BBSs around me in Chicago were long distance calls, and I'd have to spend hours on them. Yeah, that didn't fly.

  • LizKnight

    But this documentary is targeted towards people who aren't familiar with this stuff, and it demonizes it with all the fear-based stuff like nuclear war and whatnot (I was totally unaware of 1980s nuclear fear since I'm younger than these guys). There are way better hacking docs. Google "BBS the documentary"

  • LizKnight

    And while I'm rambling, there's another doc on here with Kevin Spacey narrating that has a more interesting message.. "Hackers Wanted" I think. This one really feels like a news doc... I'm getting bored.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-Clinton/504473307 Kyle Clinton

    Thumbs way up, The reconstructions the clearity of the story, overalls this 8/10. Providing you find interest in the topic you will enjoy this documentary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYL57J33Z5MYEMQPCVKSG573WA Sparx

    lmao - THIS is dated - I had to check the date it was made. Don't you guys know who 'Electron' is ? You should ? In fact I guarantee you know his name.

    Here's a clue :

    Jugs Always Leak Wickedly

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VKBLBOPH24KZ4DZ3BYZPDHHS7I ^ESF^00_Matrix_SAS

    Julian Assange = Electron

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581375457 Ashley Reiter

    Electron's name is Richard Jones. Julian Assange hacked under the name of 'Mendax'.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y56SPTR6AQOEFWUQ25GQBVYKYU Aussie

    OK this is stupid question what was the name of the book that this doco was made from. I had it yes ago but can not find it, If it was the same name as the doco I can not find the book any where

  • Guest

    @Aussie
    According to Wikipedia, the book was Underground, by Suelette Dreyfus.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y56SPTR6AQOEFWUQ25GQBVYKYU Aussie

    Thanks Mate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deepika-Seeam/655095029 Deepika Seeam

    its richard jones

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnathon-Shae-Richardson/742787284 Johnathon Shae Richardson

    10/10 LOVE THIS <3

  • His Forever

    Michael: I figured the destructin of Mystery Babylon in one hour was due to nuclear attack which would litterally destory the city in a hour or less. I'd have to look up the original Greek to see if "one hour" is a metaphore here meaning "swiftly". It burns like toast!

    But, anyway, I think the judgment on the Antichrist will be God's doing. I'd be really shocked if hackers have anything to do with it in the future. Mystery Babylon and the Beast's marking system are not necessarily synonimous. I think that the Mark of the beast will be a pledge of allegence, rather than a computerized tatoo/chip (or some combination therefore), but I'm 100% sure it's a pledge of allegence. With what specifics, I'm not entirely sure yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.dawkins Lucas Dawkins

    I see deluded people.

  • Devon Griffiths

    I'm not religious ... but it is a curious coincidence that a nation located around the site of Megiddo has, for its flag, an occult symbol consisting of a six-sided hexagram with six triangles forming six points.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathancory Nathan Cory

    What's the deal on this site with everybody turning everything into a religious debate?