The public perception of being a hacker

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The public perception of being a hacker

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OK, we are probably slightly behind the curve here – but for those into anime and hacking – then this is a gentle reminder to watch “Summer Wars” – a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

It’s awesome.

Personally I thought “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” was slightly better, but with this being an InfoSec blog I thought to share the love with this hour and a half long anime animation. The effects, as you would expect from Japanese anime are amazing and the story is basically about, well, hackers.

Summer Wars tells the story of Kenji Koiso, a shy eleventh-grade math genius who is taken to Ueda (Nagano) by twelfth-grade student Natsuki Shinohara to celebrate her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday. Anyhowz – he is falsely implicated in the hacking of a virtual world by an artificial intelligence. Kenji, the unbelievably talented penetration tester, must repair the damage done to the virtual world and he must find a way to stop the artificial intelligence from causing any further damage and repair this security breach.

A must see for all serious pentesters out there! Just Google “Summer Wars” for more info.Hak5 is awesome and we love it. Currently in season 12 Darren Kitchen along with co-host Shannon Morse provide superb content for modders and hackers.

For those that don’t know hit the link in the above paragraph and you won’t be disappointed. The presenters are hacking gurus with specialties in software and hardware, and the show covers a range of news and tutorials.

These guys have been in the game a long time and attend conferences and interview a lot of cool hackers and security professionals, rather like we do!

Anyways – this post is about a rant (rather unusual for Darren) regarding the public perception of “being a hacker.” Darren tells of his experience of having his bank account closed down and having delays on an injury payment claim because he is a hacker and runs a hacker show – insinuation being that he is a “bad guy or a criminal” (our words).

Either way watch the video – it’s a really interesting take on the public perception of being labeled a hacker.

Also, just wanted to encourage you all to watch their show – its awesome.

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