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    EPISODE 124 - Hackers

    I love this movie. All my friends who were in computer science loved this film, so much so that we would do an annual film showing. It was dicussed in the podcast good hackers vs bad hackers. In the real world, good hackers are known as "white hat" who do pentration tests of systems in order to make them more secure while "black hat" hackers are those who purposefully hack for personal or monetary gain. It's also worth mentioning that the general premise of the film is based on reality. One could actually make free phone calls through pay phones by blowing a whistle from the Captain Crunch cereal box into the receiver. Incidentally, the man who discovered this, John Draper, was a friends with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. There is also a well known case of a hacker, Kevin Mitnick, who got arrested and was also banned from using computers although he was caught and tried after the film was released so maybe the judge was inspired by the film. The scheme the villians use has also been done many times as well. And finally, June maybe has more reason to be afraid, because the hackers who broke into the Jeep did it while the driver was going down the highway at 70 MPH. http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-remotely-kill-jeep-highway/ Hack the planet!!