We have all seen the classic Hollywood hacking in movies and television. A typical scenario involves a man in a basement dressed in all black, typing on a keyboard at an unrealistic rate and instantly hacking into a person or organization’s files. The reality? Hacking is not immediate. And hackers can look like ordinary people, roaming the streets, even hacking next to you at a cafe or restaurant.
The hacking scenes in film usually involve a line of code scrolling down the computer screen. Realistically, hacking takes time and there is research that must take place before a hacker can just begin stealing information. The team at Panda Security has put together a guide on the possible and impossible hacking techniques from pop culture and what they can teach us about cyber security.