Ramnicu Valcea is a beautiful, modestly populated town in the center of Romania. Entirely pleasant and agreeable, the surroundings betray nothing remotely conspicuous to an outsider's eye. But this deceiving facade cloaks an underground society known as 'Hackerville', a home to some of the most prolific cyber terrorists in the world. The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet investigates their criminal activities, and the threats they pose to our increasingly cyber-connected planet.
The age of communism kept Romania on the sidelines of technological advancement for much of the twentieth century. The Romanian Revolution of 1989 changed all of that. The youth in the region were hungry for inter-connectivity with the rest of the world, and proved enormously adept in the innovative use of new technologies. Perhaps inevitably, this also birthed a new breed of hackers who set their sights on wrecking chaos amongst the world's most powerful figures and institutions.
The film delves deep into the underworld of cyber terrorism, and tracks down several of its most notorious operators. With great skill and savvy, these hackers have swiped more than a billion dollars over the course of the last year alone.
We're introduced to Guccifer, a convicted hacker currently serving a lengthy prison sentence, as he discusses his infamous roster of high-profile victims, including former president George Bush and his family, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and even the Rockefeller dynasty. Then there's Tinkode, another hacker who was inexplicably released from prison after serving only three months of his sentence, who warns that over 80% of all websites are vulnerable to the manipulations of experts like himself.
We rely upon the wonders of cyberspace for so many of our essential daily activities. We purchase merchandise, indulge in sensitive and deeply personal communications, and even conduct our banking activities from the comfort our computers and smart phones. Little do many of us realize that a new generation of online criminals may lie in waiting, and any one of us could be their next victim. The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet is a valuable portrait of this frightening reality.