Forty years of movie hacking: considering the potential implications of the popular media representation of computer hackers from 1968 to 2008
by Damian Gordon
International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (IJITST), Vol. 2, No. 1/2, 2010

Abstract: Increasingly movies are being produced which feature plots that incorporate elements of computer security and hacking, and cumulatively these movies are creating a public perception as to the nature of computer security. This research examines movies that feature hackers (and hacking) to identify if any common themes emerge from these movies in their representation of these issues. To achieve this, first a corpus of hacking movies is created, and then using a qualitative data analysis technique, guidelines are developed which distinguish those movies that actually have the potential to create a perception with the general public. The resultant dataset is analysed and the salient details are compared to the reality of hacking. This research has implications in a range of fields, including in the education of computer students, organisation computer security and in the behaviour of the general public when using computers.

Online publication date: Fri, 05-Feb-2010

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