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Hacker Documentaries, Videos & Shorts
Hackers Are People Too
by Ashley Schwartau
Hackers do laundry. Hackers like movies. Hackers are people and could be your neighbors, your brother, your friends. Presenting a portrait of the hacking community, created by the community themselves, this film breaks down negative stereotypes by letting hackers show you that they are really no different from anyone else. Delving into areas such as the way hackers think, what is hacking, hackers in the media, and women in the security/hacking field, this film will have you questioning your ideas about what a 'hacker' really is.
Hacker Documentary - 2008 - Hackers Are People Too by Ashley Schwartau.m4v
BBS Documentary - HPAC (Excerpt)
is a 3-disc, 8-episode documentary about the subculture born from the creation of the bulletin board system (BBS) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott of textfiles.com.
Hacker Documentary - 2005 - BBS Documentary - HPAC (Excerpt).m4v
Hacking group The Realm and Electron
In The Realm of the Hackers is a 2003 Australian documentary directed by Kevin Anderson about the prominent hacker community, centered in Melbourne, Australia in the late 1980s until early 1990.
The storyline is centered around the Australian teenagers going by the hacker names "Electron" and "Phoenix", who were members of an elite computer hacking group called The Realm and hacked into some of the most secure computer networks in the world, including those of the US Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a government lab charged with the security of the US nuclear stockpile, and NASA.
The film runs for 55 minutes and was inspired by the book Underground, by Melbourne-based writer and academic Suelette Dreyfus.
Hacker Documentary - 2002 - Hacking group The Realm and Electron.mpg
The Secret History Of Hacking
A history of hacking focusing on Captain Crunch, Steve Wozniak and Kevin Mitnick.
Hacker Documentary - 2001 - The Secret History Of Hacking.avi
REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open Source movement.
Hacker Documentary - 2001 - Revolution OS - Open Source.avi
New York City Hackers
by Stig-Lennart Sorensen
This documentary looks at the computer hacker community in New York City of today, its meetings and conferences, political annotations, and historically explores the roots of the original definition 'hacking' amongst the model train enthusiasts at MIT.
Featuring: Kevin Mitnick, Eugene E.Kashpureff, Mike Hudack, Cheshire Catalyst, and "Off the Hook" radio host and 2600 editor Emmanuel Goldstein.
Hacker Documentary - 2000 - New York City hackers.avi
C-64 Cracks, Tools & Demos
by Iron Feather Journal
C-64 Cracks is a 104 minute video of Commodore 64 demos from cracking crews, tools, and warez from the 1980's to early 1990's. Set against the original demo sound track, this is a glimpse into the past roots of the hacking and cracking 'scene' from a visual perspective. Sit back on watch, and the memories will flood back! The classic SID music, the awesome raster bars, the sprite abuse, the scrolls with all the greetings & shouts to fellow pirates!
Hacker Documentary - 2000 - Commodore 64 Cracks by Iron Feather.m4v
©2000 Iron Feather Journal. Produced by Towne Club.
by Christine Bader
Hacks is a 73 minute European documentary exploring what nature of "Hacking" is in a social context. It can range from traditional hacking, to artist communes and environmental activism. Well done.
Hacker Documentary - 1997 - Hacks by Christine Bader.m4v
© 1997 Bader Film. Photography by Ulla Barthold, Bella Halben, Gabi Schwark & Christine Bader. Edited by Michael Thaler. Music by Andreas Kunzmann & Jin Choi.
by Phon-E and R.F. Burns
Hackers '95 is a 90 minute part documentary, part spoof. Phon-E and R.F. Burns cover the hacker related goings on of 1995. Summer Con 95, DEF CON III, Operation Cyber Snare, Area 51, an interview with Erik Bloodaxe and more are covered. This is what professional video hackers do with their spare time.
Hacker Documentary - 1995 - Hackers 95 by Phon-E and R.F. Burns.m4v
Photography & Editing by Phone-E and R.F. Burns.
by Annaliza Savage
Unauthorized Access is one of the earliest independant documentaries on the subject of the computer underground. Featuring footage from around globe, this video's tone is friendly and fun. From phreaking, lockpicking, conspiracy theories, and ninja clad dumpster divers to socially active political European hackers this video covers an amazing amount of ground.
Hacker Documentary - 1994 - Unauthorized Access by Annaliza Savage.m4v
©1994 Savage Productions
Media Surrounding DEFCON
A complete X-Files episode was surrounded by a strange DEF CON theme. The show was held at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, where DEF CON 5 whas held. There are also references to the DEF CON shoot. Only a few clips are here that capture the DEF CON references.
DEFCON Show Archives
This convention archive includes all audio and video available from past shows. Speakers whose audio or video is missing are not listed. Indexed by year.