After Saturday’s story about the code samples in the new movie Arrival, an anonymous reader reminded us of this classic essay at Nmap.org:
For reasons unknown, Hollywood has decided that Nmap is the tool to show whenever hacking scenes are needed… While Nmap had been used in some previous obscure movies, it was The Matrix Reloaded which really turned Nmap into a movie star!
Nmap.org has a tradition — the first person to notify them when new Nmap appears in a new movie wins a signed copy of Nmap Network Scanning “or a T-shirt of your choice from the Zero Day Clothing Nmap Store.” (The site adds that “movie script writers, artists, and digital asset managers are also welcome to email Fyodor for advice.”) And Nmap.org just added another film, Oliver Stone’s new movie about Edward Snowden.
In one early scene, Snowden is given a network security challenge at a CIA training class which is expected to take 5 to 8 hours. But with the help Nmap and a custom Nmap NSE script named ptest.nse, Snowden stuns the professor by completing everything in 38 minutes!
According to the site, even the movie’s trailer features Nmap. Anybody else have their own favorite stories about code in the movies?
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