In the world of hacking, there is no doubt that a documentary on this dark side of our cyber-space has to be planned and produced. Hacking documentaries are the best way for the general public to get a glimpse of what the computer hacker goes through, the kind of damage that they can cause, and the methods they use to achieve their goals. The actions of a hacker can sometimes be truly disturbing and even inspiring.
In the world of IT, a hacking documentary has been planned and produced since the mid-1990s. While it was mostly used to show how computer hackers attack systems, it also documents the efforts of security professionals in thwarting the attacks. A similar type of documentary is also in production in the UK. While the hacking behind the attacks on computer systems may be shocking, the methods employed are not new. The film shows the serious repercussions of the hacking, how the industry is trying to address the issue, and how the threat is being countered.
Hackers are generally grouped into two categories: strategic hackers, who use their skills for good, and destructive hackers, who hack for fun. Strategic hackers may choose to penetrate computer networks for the sole purpose of hacking. They may write code that can potentially allow them to gain access to an unsecured server or steal confidential information from a company’s database. These hackers attack large corporations and governments as well as smaller companies that don’t have the resources or expertise to defend themselves. On the other end of the spectrum are hackers who only hack for fun. This type of hacker tends to post their exploits online, hoping that someone will come across the code and benefit from it.
Documentary directors aiming to make hacking documentaries often face several challenges. Because most of the hacks that the filmmakers would like to include are done online, it is difficult to track the locations where these activities take place. Hackers are often careful to cover their tracks so that the trail of destruction they leave behind will not be traceable. Additionally, since most hacks are done in secret, there is often very little anyone can do to stop them once they have taken place. The hacks that the documentary crew investigates are often the ones that end up being the most important to solve because they reveal the inner workings and operational procedures of a hacking culture.
The film “ackers” is the first hacking documentary ever produced that features the work of a group of hackers called the “hacktivists.” These clever computer programmers are members of an underground group that work together to perform varied small tasks in order to bring attention to political or technological issues that affect our everyday lives. As the name suggests, the purpose of these activities is to cause maximum damage to the enemy, which in this case is corporate greed.
In many ways, the film “ackers” is a follow-up on previous documentaries that focused on computer attacks and their effects on the nation-state. Like corporate greed, the hacker culture they uncover provides a window into how societies allow corporations to get away with their crimes against humanity. While previous documentaries only focused on the consequences of hacking for corporations, this hack documentary takes a much larger view of what these secretive groups do to affect our daily lives. Whether you are a fan of hacking culture or not, you will enjoy this exciting film.