Working in the computer security industry, we’re pretty used to seeing malware and hacking misrepresented on our TV and movie screens.
The truth is that normally malware is pretty humdrum. There’s nothing much to see (after all, if a piece of malware announces its presence, it sort of makes it obvious to the computer’s owner that they have an infection), and any damage done is normally hard to present on the screen.
Spooks and the DDoS submarine
BBC TV drama “Spooks”, which follows the complicated lives of MI5 agents, has flirted with malware and hacking on multiple occasions – almost always unrealistically.
For instance, the episode where the secret service uncovers a plot by Russia to destroy the British economy by launching a DDoS attack against all the country’s computers. How are the Ruskies going to achieve it? By using a submarine, of course.
Not just any old submarine, but one which can intercept deep sea internet communications cables in the…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.