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We were lucky enough to visit the island where they partially filmed the Hacking Scenes of Skyfall – the latest James Bond movie.
Skyfall Producer Michael G Wilson is quoted as saying that the Stuxnet virus was the inspiration behind the movie’s cyberwarfare story.
In “Skyfall,” ex-patriot and rogue MI6 agent Silva hacks the government’s computers and threatens to publicly release the cover identities of embedded agents around the world.
This was all filmed off the coast of South Japan on an island called Hashima or Gunkan Jima.
This tiny island was at its peak in 1959 the most densely populated city on Earth, with 5,500 inhabitants – which equates to one person per metre!
Considering that the buildings have been been abandoned for nearly four decades they are in very good shape – some stone walls have caved and crumbled, but the concrete structures remain largely intact.
The island had coal – that is why people lived there but in 1974 it was closed down due to the cost of extraction.
It’s a very cool place and extra-special for us because this is were a Bond Villain had his hacking headquarters.
This week our Hacker Hotshot is Brian Martin. Brian will be talking to us about the “secrets of running a consulting business“
His talk will discuss the things needed to spin up a viable consulting business, from concepts to funding to growth.
He will also about how to design a business that will keep you happy and interested (if not entertained), and most importantly, taxes and the games businesses play.
Clearly if you are a security professional thinking of going freelance or setting up a security organization then this talk is for you.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Don’t forget to check out our courses if you are interested in studying for a professional information security certification.