Hacker Drama Mr. Robot Is Scary, Paranoia-Inducing, and Awesome

If you could hack into an evil corporation’s bank account and shuffle its wealth to the 99%, would you? That’s the Anonymous-era quandary a young, brilliant hacker grapples with in the new USA drama, Mr. Robot, which premiers tonight at 10 p.m. I got a chance to hang out with the cast as they were filming in New York. » 6/24/15 12:00pm 6/24/15 12:00pm

CSI Cyber and the Sick Killshot Ratio of Death

Most CBS procedurals skew conservative—this is, after all, the network that gave us NCIS, essentially a military police porno for old people— but last night’s episode of CSI:Cyber was like an hour-long PSA co-written by Glenn Beck, the Concerned Mothers Against Video Games, and my mom after my brother almost failed AP… » 5/12/15 6:26pm 5/12/15 6:26pm

Scorpion Features Another One Of The All-Time Great Fake Hacking Scenes

Last night on Scorpion, our gang of geniuses goes on a cruise ship to deal with some deadly rockets that are being smuggled on it. Which leads to this great scene, where a rocket is going to hit a Navy helicopter in 45 seconds... unless a little kid can hack into a Japanese destroyer in time. » 2/10/15 3:10pm 2/10/15 3:10pm

Everybody Needs To Read PW Singer's Book On Cybersecurity And Cyberwar

The recent Sony hacking scandal just proved what's already been clear to a lot of people for years: cyberattacks are an ever-increasing threat, and we're not ready. Luckily, a book released last year provides an excellent primer on this sort of situation: P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman's Cybersecurity and Cyberwar:… » 1/14/15 4:00pm 1/14/15 4:00pm

Hackers Could Sabotage 3D Printers, Turning Some Of Them Into Bombs

For years, aerospace and defense companies have used 3D printers to mass-produce precision parts. Guided by digital blueprints, the printers create solid objects from layers of metal powder. A new report, however, warns that hackers could reconfigure the machines' settings, turning them into volatile explosives. » 9/12/14 6:20am 9/12/14 6:20am

TV And Film Still Don't Know How To Depict Texting (Or The Internet)

BBC's Sherlock does a pretty top-notch job of portraying text messages, but as Tony Zhou points out in the latest installment of Every Frame a Painting, cinematic representations of the digital world – including texting and the Internet – remain, for the most part, inefficient, ineffective, and uninspired. » 8/16/14 10:30am 8/16/14 10:30am

Why the User Interface in Hackers Hasn't Aged That Badly

A lot of the stuff about the movie Hackers looks really dated now, especially some of the fashions and the way it depicts hacking. But the user interface still looks pretty good, compared to a lot of other stuff from the era. Paul Franklin, the Academy Award-winning special effects designer who's worked on all… » 1/25/13 2:13pm 1/25/13 2:13pm

Hackers are the ultimate superheroes, on Person of Interest

We've described Person of Interest as a superhero show, where the heroes' superpowers come from a computer — but last night, more than ever, we got to see Finch as a superhero hacker. And he helped with the origin story of another hacker superhero, who can achieve greatness if he just overcomes his self-destructive… » 1/04/13 5:58pm 1/04/13 5:58pm