First off, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Damon, and I am the Managing Editor of Geek Speak. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to post a blog. But that said, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support of thwack, Geek Speak, and for our amazing contributors.
While I’m not exactly versed in IT, I do respect all the various aspects of IT. However, I have always seemed to gravitate more towards Security. I am amazed at the number of security breaches that occur every year. There have been many notable breaches, but I remember firsthand experiencing the PlayStation® Network hack and it being down for an extended period of time (Yeah life was rough that weekend…no Destiny!).
On that note, I’d like to discuss a show I recently started watching, “Mr. Robot.” To be honest, I was skeptical when I heard about it, mainly because shows or movies like this always seem forced or just unrealistic. For example, “Blackhat” was alright, but come on really…Thor as a hacker?!
Okay, alright let’s get back to Mr. Robot, which stars Rami Malek as the lead character, Elliot Alderson. In short, Elliot is a Cyber Security Engineer by day and is plagued with a severe social anxiety disorder. So, as you can imagine, he struggles with interacting and relating to most people. But, by night he connects with the rest of the world—as he hacks them and assumes the life of a cyber-vigilante.
(WARNING: SPOILER ALERT EP. 1)
Without throwing too many spoilers out there, I will only address episode 1. In this episode, we are introduced to Elliot in a dimly lit café on a cold evening. Elliot frequently goes to this café to be alone and well because, as he states, they have “remarkably fast Wi-Fi.” However, this particular evening he has a different reason for visiting.
As he arrives, he sits down by the owner, alerting him that he’s going to expose him and his underground business ring to the authorities. The owner then becomes unruly and tells him to leave. Elliot calmly speaks to him and explains that just because he uses Tor, it doesn’t mean his traffic is private. He further states, “You know, whoever controls the exit nodes controls the traffic.” Immediately, the owner becomes frantic and offers Elliot money, but Elliot says it’s not about the money. With a little deductive reasoning, I’m sure you can figure out what happens next. Naturally, I was intrigued…I thought ok, they are talking technical here and it’s pretty suspenseful at that—pretty good start.
Now to the second part of the episode. The company Elliot works for is hit with a DDoS attack. Ultimately, he stops the attack, but in the process he receives a message from a hacker group called “fSociety.” This group is one of many hacker groups that are collectively planning a digital revolution by deleting debt records from one of the largest corporations in the world. The problem is, they need Elliot to achieve their end goal. Annnnd…that’s where I’m going to stop. Sorry, you’ll have to tune in yourself to see what’s been happening in the latest episodes.
So, this leads me to my main question, could this fictional story really happen today? And, if you’ve been tuning in, what do you think so far? Are some of the hacks or scenarios that occur realistic/possible? Let us know or just leave your thoughts on the latest episode—Tune in Wednesdays, 10/9C on USA.