A short documentary by Michael T. Vollmann explores the birth, the exploits, and the eventual demise of The 414s - a hacker group active in the early 1980s until the summer of 1983. The documentary offers an interesting look into the early innocent days of hacking, especially just how influential the movie Wargames was to bring mainstream recognition. At the same time, the ease with which The 414s could penetrate even the more sensitive computers and the lack of laws to prosecute the adult members of the group resulted in the series of laws including the infamous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of 1986. Read more.
Hackers Wanted (also known as Can You Hack It?) is a documentary directed and written by Sam Bozzo, Trigger Street Productions and narrated by Kevin Spacey. The documentary explores different subgroups of the hacker culture and how they affect our computerized world. Hackers Wanted includes a wide range of interviews with people from hacker, information security, law enforcement, higher education and journalist communities. It also includes a large segment covering the life, breakins, the arrest and sentencing of Adrian Lamo. Read more.
Hackers – Wizards of the Electronic Age is a PBS documentary directed by Fabrice Florin filmed at the first Hacker Conference that took place at the Headlands Institute Conference Center in 1984. The conference was organized as a result of Steven Levy's book 'Hackers – Heroes of the Computer Revolution' published the same year. The documentary explores the cultural phenomenon that helped launch a multi-billion dollar computer industry and changed the way people live, communicate, work and play. Read more.
New York City Hackers is an independent documentary by Stig-Lennart Sorensen released in the year 2000. Most of the filming occurs in in New York at the H2K conference, 2600 meeting and an Off the Hook radio show. There is also a coverage of the original MIT hackers from the TMRC club. Read more.
Hackers 95 is an independent documentary by Phone-E and RF Burns shot during the summer of 1995. The documentary covers hacker happenings during that summer including Summercon and Defcon III. There are plenty of interviews and random clips from these two conferences. The documentary also includes a separate segment on Area 51 as well as a Secret Service press release on Operation Cybersnare. Read more.
Hacks is an English and German language documentary by Christine Bader. It was shot over a period of four years, starting in 1993 and released in 1997. This documentary deals with social aspects of hacking by covering not only the more traditional “computer” hacks, but expanding the definition to the realms of society, politics, environment, and art. Read more.
A CBC documentary Web Warriors begins by speculating the link between the release of Blaster worm and massive power blackouts that occurred shortly after. Following this assumption, the documentary explores how computer viruses can be used to disrupt national infrastructures. After a brief coverage of Defcon conference, there is an interview with MafiaBoy. Next there is an interesting twist, where we follow Donnie "a career hacker" trying and ultimately failing to track down the programmer behind the Microsoft Word virus (Sobig) in Moscow, Russia. The documentary concludes by discussing the threat of information warfare coming from Russia and China. Read more.
A historical documentary on the subject of BBSs and the underground culture of the 1980s. The documentary includes more than 200 interviews with some of the most influential figures of the BBS era. It is split up into 8 sections ranging from BBS Artscene and FidoNet to Hacking/Phreaking/Anarchy/Cracking underground. Read more.
A documentary about Australian hacker scene in the 1980s. It primarily focuses on the exploits of two hackers going by the names of Electron and Phoenix. NASA's WANK work infection is covered in great length. The documentary also covers the introduction of first computer laws in Australia and subsequent arrests of Electron and Phoenix. Read more.
A revealing documentary about two high profile hacker cases: Mark Abene and Kevin Mitnick. The documentary includes interviews with a number of guest speakers including Bruce Sterling, Lewis Depayne, John Markoff, Jeff Moss, Mike Roadancer, Bernie S., and many others. This film is directed by Emmanuel Goldstein of 2600. Read more.
A 1994 Yorkshire Television Production for Discovery Channel documentary - Hacker Attack, is a well balanced account of the hacker, security, and electronic crime worlds in late 80s and early 90s. It begins by featuring Mark Abene incarcerated in Schuylkill talking about his views on hacking and the story of MoD. Emmanuel Goldstein is displayed throughout the documentary talking about the hacker community during 2600 meetings and on the Off the Hook radio show. Next 'Hacker Attack' turns to the darker side of hacking when we jump into unmarked NYPD surveillance van to track down cloned cellular phones. There is an extensive coverage of credit card fraud, high tech robbery, and industrial espionage. At last we can watch Winn Schwartau and Dan Farmer talk about threats to our financial and military infrastructures. Throughout the documentary, there are snippets of anonymous hackers breaking into various computer systems. Read more.
A Discovery Channel documentary on the outlaws and angels of the Internet covers a wide range of white hat hackers and computer security industry representatives. In this documentary you will learn how the infamous Captain Zap changed the clocks of the telephone system to give discount rates to all subscribers. You will also be exposed to computer forensics shops set up by NYPD and Kroll Associates, as well as security monitoring centers from ISS. Read more.
Documentary on the Hacker underground in Asia offers revealing interviews with many prominent hackers from China, Philippines, and South Korea. The documentary begins by interviewing hackers turned security professionals similar to their western counterparts. Next it proceeds to cover more unique attributes of the region. A large segment of this film is dedicated to hacktivist/communist groups in China launching attacks against US targets. At last the documentary concludes with a cautionary tale of hackers working for terrorist groups. Read more.
A TLC documentary about computer hackers. It covers some of the most famous hackers such as Steve Wozniak, John Draper, and Kevin Mitnick. This documentary offers a historical perspective on hackers advancing from the age of telephones with Captain Crunch to the age of computers with Woz and at last to the age of information with Kevin Mitnick. Read more.
The film begins with an interview with a German hacker, Tim. He describes what drives hackers to explore. Next film alarming lack of opportunities for hackers in Italy, concept of Electronic Disobedience in US, and again back to Germany and Chaos Communication Congress. Read more.
The 1996 episode of Net Cafe we look at the hacker culture and their influence on the early growth of the internet. Guests include Dan Farmer, author of SATAN and COPS; Eliaz Levi (aka Aleph 1), webmaster of underground.org and Bugtraq; also "Omega" and "White Knight" from Cult of the Dead Cow. Read more.
CNN Time interview with Justin Petersen aka Agent Steal. Justin was an FBI informant. He helped the FBI to build criminal cases against Kevin Poulsen and later Kevin Mitnick. He caused a controversy when the FBI turned a blind eye on Agent Steal's continued hacking and credit card fraud activities even when working as an informant. Eventually he became a fugitive when his former associate, Ron Austin, sent implicating information to the FBI. Read more.