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25th Apr '17 9:54:18 AM Siempie
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** Hilariously sent up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcSTq5nXCQQ this]] preview. Wheatley tries to hack a password by trying each password in alphabetical order. Slowly. And he still manages to screw the order up.
** Later in the game, he tries to hack into the neurotoxin control centre. Which mostly involves putting on an accent and pretending to be a neurotoxin inspector. Performing a "manual override" on a wall or "hacking" a door meanwhile is [[CuttingTheKnot much more violent that the name suggests]].

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** Hilariously sent up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcSTq5nXCQQ [[https://youtu.be/7GXanBcXnso?t=2m38s this]] preview.scene. Wheatley tries to hack a password by trying each password in alphabetical order. Slowly. And he still manages to screw the order up.
** *** Later on in the game, he tries this tactic again, and again screws up the order. Surprisingly enough , by missing a letter, he actually ''gets the password right!''
** About half-way through
the game, he tries to hack into the neurotoxin control centre. Which mostly involves [[BriefAccentImitation putting on an accent accent]] and pretending to be a neurotoxin inspector. Performing a "manual override" on a wall or "hacking" a door meanwhile is [[CuttingTheKnot much more violent that violent]] [[PercussiveMaintenance than the name suggests]].
24th Apr '17 5:38:11 AM WaterBlap
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* Debunked in ''Website/{{Lifehacker}}'''s "[[http://lifehacker.com/5980488/five-survival-skills-the-movies-taught-you-wrong?tag=security Five Survival Skills the Movies Taught You Wrong]]".
12th Mar '17 1:59:06 PM ANTMuddle
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Real hacking is boring. Hollywood ''hates'' boring. Instead of exploiting security flaws, you guide a little 3D version of yourself through a fiery maze that somehow represents the firewall, without forgetting to [[HackedByAPirate leave a Skull and Crossbones image that takes the entire screen of the hacked computer]]. It's nothing like real hacking, although either way, you may have to use RapidFireTyping. That last part also means that any AI or robot that can directly interface with a computer is automatically the greatest hacker in the universe that can instantly take over any system no matter how secure, because it doesn't need to type.

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Real hacking is boring. Hollywood ''hates'' boring. (And how many real life hackers would want to be responsible for TheCSIEffect?) Instead of exploiting security flaws, you guide a little 3D version of yourself through a fiery maze that somehow represents the firewall, without forgetting to [[HackedByAPirate leave a Skull and Crossbones image that takes the entire screen of the hacked computer]]. It's nothing like real hacking, although either way, you may have to use RapidFireTyping. That last part also means that any AI or robot that can directly interface with a computer is automatically the greatest hacker in the universe that can instantly take over any system no matter how secure, because it doesn't need to type.
1st Mar '17 7:26:37 AM Xlsfd
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** Averted whenever Mr. Match is the culprit, as he uses social engineering to get close to his targets (posing as a repairman in the first game and becoming a Scilab employee in the third) and uses purpose-built malware packages to target specific hardware.
26th Jan '17 2:01:50 PM Game_Fan
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'', specifically Pelant. The guy's hacking skills can do pretty much anything. Some of the things he managed to do are: fool an ankle monitor, write malware on bone, corrupt/modify security footage, take down cellphone networks and traffic lights, hijack a predator drone in Afghanistan, wipe his own identity and create a new one to get DiplomaticImpunity, and infiltrate a private army.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'', specifically Pelant. The guy's hacking skills ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has Angela for their typical Hollywood Hacking needs. Recurring villain Christopher Pelant manages to accomplish some truly outrageous feats with computers. He can do pretty much almost anything. Some of the things he managed to do are: fool an ankle monitor, write malware on bone, corrupt/modify security footage, take down cellphone networks and traffic lights, hijack a predator drone in Afghanistan, wipe his own identity and create a new one to get DiplomaticImpunity, and infiltrate a private army.army. Oh and in his first appearance he manages to '''''carve bones''''' in such a way that when a 3D model of them is created it infects the computer with malware that changes the fan speeds and causes the CPUs to catastrophically overheat.
** He's so good that Hodgins, who is admittedly a bit paranoid, worries that even if they use a system not connected to the internet Pelant will infect it with a worm by using the power grid.
20th Jan '17 11:57:59 AM luord
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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': It takes Merlin only a few seconds of frantic key-tapping to remote-activate all of Valentine's explosive loyalty-chip implants worldwide. A little odd, considering Valentine's other mass-murdering doom-machine uses its own private satellite network biologically keyed to Valentine's hand, which prompts Merlin to say that he can't hack something that complicated. {{Justified}} to a certain extent, as we're explicitly shown the biometric system's installation a long time after we're made aware that every member of the conspiracy is already implanted and those are (currently) on a separate, older system, and that it requires a gruesome constant connection to Valentine's hand. As well, while Merlin only taps a few keys, the computer shows lines upon lines of code streaming past, showing that Merlin isn't manually hacking the system, he merely triggered a program to do it.

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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': It takes Merlin only a few seconds of frantic key-tapping to remote-activate [[spoiler:remote-activate all of Valentine's explosive loyalty-chip implants worldwide.worldwide]]. A little odd, considering Valentine's other mass-murdering doom-machine uses its own private satellite network biologically keyed to Valentine's hand, which prompts Merlin to say that he can't hack something that complicated. {{Justified}} to a certain extent, as we're explicitly shown the biometric system's installation a long time after we're made aware that every [[spoiler:every member of the conspiracy is already implanted implanted]] and those are (currently) on a separate, older system, and that it requires a gruesome constant connection to Valentine's hand. As well, while Merlin only taps a few keys, the computer shows lines upon lines of code streaming past, showing that Merlin isn't manually hacking the system, he merely triggered a program to do it.
20th Jan '17 10:21:02 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode "All Star Team Up" resident super-genius Cisco estimates that he can hack into the city's municipal network in about half an hour. Felicity Smoak, guest-starring from ''Series/Arrow'' sits down at a computer that happens to be sitting nearby, and proceeds to do exactly that by typing for a few seconds. She later pulls a DuelingHackers thing with the VillainOfTheWeek over remote control of a swarm of robotic bees.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode "All Star Team Up" resident super-genius Cisco estimates that he can hack into the city's municipal network in about half an hour. Felicity Smoak, guest-starring from ''Series/Arrow'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' sits down at a computer that happens to be sitting nearby, and proceeds to do exactly that by typing for a few seconds. She later pulls a DuelingHackers thing with the VillainOfTheWeek over remote control of a swarm of robotic bees.
19th Jan '17 4:24:52 AM AceOfScarabs
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** Recurring villain Mr. Match utilizes a lot of common real tricks to launch his malware attacks, such as social engineering and purpose-built malware meant to attack specific hardware.
18th Jan '17 8:04:31 PM luord
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* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': It takes Merlin only a few seconds of frantic key-tapping to remote-activate all of Valentine's explosive loyalty-chip implants worldwide. A little odd, considering Valentine's other mass-murdering doom-machine uses its own private satellite network biologically keyed to Valentine's hand, which prompts Merlin to say that he can't hack something that complicated. {{Justified}} to a certain extent, as we're explicitly shown the biometric system's installation a long time after we're made aware that every member of the conspiracy is already implanted and those are (currently) on a separate, older system, and that it requires a gruesome constant connection to Valentine's hand. As well, while Merlin only taps a few keys, the computer shows lines upon lines of code streaming past, showing that Merlin isn't manually hacking the system, he merely triggered a program to do it.
5th Jan '17 7:25:23 PM Game_Fan
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A few real world hacks do in fact rise to the level of a Hollywood movie in effectiveness, if not visual spectacle.


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** The special danger of Rowhammer is that because it allows software to attack the hardware it circumvents most software based defenses entirely. In particular a program can use Rowhammer to escape from quarantined areas of the system. Fortunately most servers use ECC RAM which is effectively invulnerable to the exploit.
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