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"WebWarriors" Documentary

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"WebWarriors" is a documentary on cyber-warfare/hackers/etc. It's what you'd expect for a documentary of this calibre - inaccurate, sensationalist, and full of computer-generated graphics.

Memorable quotes:

"In the shady underworld of the hacker, there is no one more notorious than Mafiaboy."

"At 12 [Mafiaboy] was already a respected hacker."

Website here:

www.webwarriorst.tv

You can watch it here:

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/doczone/20...iors/index.html

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Memorable quotes:

"In the shady underworld of the hacker, there is no one more notorious than Mafiaboy."

"At 12 [Mafiaboy] was already a respected hacker."

You must be kidding.

You've never heard of Mafiaboy? That guy can mount a DoS attack like nobody's business!

Yeah, this show pretty much sucks. It's like an hour-long ad for F-secure AV. The research is really shoddy and the reporting is even self-contradictory on several points. They're making ridiculous assumptions (eg. implying that the controls for major infrastructure elements like utilities and nuclear power plants are accessible through the Internet) and unfounded allegations. That whole thing about Estonia is a false assumption foisted by the news media at the time, which has been since proven false. Those Estonian attacks were the work of an Estonian teenager and not the Russian Federation.

What does it say about the reporting, when the narrator speaks in creepy tones and keeps reminding us to be terrified? Who produced this piece of shit? Was this the Canadian equivalent of Fox News, or what?

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It's an independent company's production, which the CBC obtained the rights to air as their weekly documentary. The documentary was crap as far as research goes, and I think that's the difference between a documentary made for the love of the subject, and a documentary made with purely financial motives in mind.

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I actually enjoyed it. Sure, parts of it were crude, a few lies/FUD spread here and there but i like the idea of a digital wild west . Makes me feel special.

Yeah, this show pretty much sucks. It's like an hour-long ad for F-secure AV. The research is really shoddy and the reporting is even self-contradictory on several points

I agree, but i dont know why you sound so shocked. It a documentary on "hackers". What did you expect? Personally the bit which annoyed me most was the section on defcon. I've never been but they seemed to display it as a meeting place for the worlds blackhats only touching briefly on the security professions, geeks and other non criminal computer types. They could have made a better better distinction between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" IMO

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The producers of this documentary definately should have come here first to check in before making this. Strange though, that people still watched it..

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"What is the most dangerous thing in your house? Look no further than your keyboard."

That first line definitely sets the tone for the rest of thing thing.

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It's an independent company's production, which the CBC obtained the rights to air as their weekly documentary. The documentary was crap as far as research goes, and I think that's the difference between a documentary made for the love of the subject, and a documentary made with purely financial motives in mind.

Yeah, this thing was obviously extremely formulaic. It's like they watched the movie Hackers and those late '90s MTV documentaries, and then sat down and scripted this thing.

...i like the idea of a digital wild west . Makes me feel special.

Reminds me of "Datastream Cowboy". Possibly the best hacker handle ever, especially for a kid from the UK. That was back in the early '90s, wasn't it?

Personally the bit which annoyed me most was the section on defcon. I've never been but they seemed to display it as a meeting place for the worlds blackhats only touching briefly on the security professions, geeks and other non criminal computer types.

Well to be fair, DefCon is more of a trendy, "blackhat-oriented" con, whereas BlackHat actually tends to be geared more for security professionals.

I liked the part in the coffee shop where the camera zoomed in on the BlackHat sticker on that 40-year-old hacker's laptop. WTF? If a really smart person is up to no good, are they going to advertise it by going out in public with a laptop sporting a giant "hacker" bumper sticker? The minute they said they were going to send that guy out after the (supposedly Russian) creators of that macro virus to claim the $20,000 reward, I knew he was going to fail and give up.

They could have made a better better distinction between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" IMO

Well their point is that it doesn't matter, just the fact that anybody can do these kinds of things ought to terrify everyone. This docu was intended to sensationalize the topic and spread fear. I like the way they immediately dismissed "white hats" by calling them "the guys who work at your local ISP".

Gotta love those nifty CG animations though. I always wondered what computer viruses really look like.

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I like how they make Michael look like some supergenius while all that he did was download a bot controller. Actually, while I'm at it, let's make a list of what this film does:

[✓] Start with a scary sentence.

[✓] Throw hackers, script kiddies, crackers, and scammers in the same back.

[✓] Lots of CGI effects.

[✓] Telling the dumbest things (specialistic hardware systems connected to the Internet are running Windows) to uneducated public

[✓] Silly explanations.

[✓] The Matrix symbols. (look close enough, they're in some CGIs and shown as a screensaver once)

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I watched this film the other night, it was indeed a terrible film.

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