Top 10 Best Hacking documentaries of all time that you should watch


Take a look at the Top 10 Best Hacking documentaries of all time that you can watch

A computer hacker is any skilled computer expert who uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem. While “hacker” can refer to any skilled computer programmer, the term has become associated in popular culture with a “security hacker”, someone who, with their technical knowledge, uses bugs or exploits to break into computer systems. There are three types of hackers White Hat Hacker, Black Hat hacker, and Gray Hat Hacker.

Hacking can also be specified as the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Hacking has a quite wide view and also helps us by testing our programs or systems for security purposes and much more. Well, here are the Top 10 Hacking documentaries of all time.

Top 10 Hacking Documentaries:

  1. DEF CON: The Documentary (2013)
  2. Citizenfour (2014)
  3. The Great Hack (2019)
  4. Zero Days (2016)
  5. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)
  6. WannaCry: The Marcus Hutchins Story (2019)
  7. The Hacker Wars (2014)
  8. Spying on the Scammers (2020)
  9. The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)
  10. Hackers in Wonderland (2000)

DEF CON: The Documentary (2013)

DEFCON is the world’s largest hacking conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2012 it was held for the 20th time. The conference has strict no-filming policies, but for DEFCON 20, a documentary crew was allowed full access to the event. The film follows the four days of the conference, the events,

and people (attendees and staff), and covers the history and philosophy behind DEFCON’s success and unique experience.

Citizenfour (2014)

Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal. The film had its US premiere on October 10, 2014, at the New York Film Festival and its UK premiere on October 17, 2014, at the BFI London Film Festival. The film features Snowden and Glenn Greenwald and was co-produced by Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky, with Steven Soderbergh and others serving as executive producers. Citizenfour received critical acclaim upon release and was the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Oscars. This film is the third part of a 9/11 trilogy following My Country, My Country (2006), and The Oath (2010).

The Great Hack (2019)

The Great Hack is a 2019 documentary film about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, produced and directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, both previous documentary Academy Award nominees (The Square, Control Room, The film’s music was composed by EMMY Nominated Film Composer Gil Talmi. The Great Hack premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premieres section and was released by Netflix on July 24, 2019.

Zero Days (2016)

Zero Days is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Zero Days covers the phenomenon surrounding the Stuxnet computer virus and the development of the malware software known as the “Olympic Games.” It concludes with discussion over follow-up cyber plan Nitro Zeus and the Iran Nuclear Deal.

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists is a 2012 documentary film about the workings and beliefs of the self-described “hacktivist” collective, Anonymous. The film was written and directed by Brian Knappenberger and features the story of Anonymous assumed to stem from the imageboard 4chan. It also outlines major turning points and “operations” in their history. Angered by many diverse issues such as copyright abuse, police brutality, online censorship, and would-be web controllers this loosely affiliated collective of hacktivists have organized both online and offline protests, cyberattacks on foreign governments during the Arab Spring movement and provided technical support to the Occupy movement.

WannaCry: The Marcus Hutchins Story (2019)

Marcus Hutchins went from obscurity to overnight fame in May 2017 after accidentally discovering a kill switch that stopped the spread of WannaCry, hours after the ransomware affected thousands of systems across the world. Three months later, after a week partying at DEFCON, he was arrested by the FBI over historic involvement in a banking trojan. This is his story.

The Hacker Wars (2014)

The Hacker Wars is a 2014 documentary film about hacktivism in the United States, directed by Vivien Lesnik Weisman. It was released on October 17, 2014, in the US. Barrett Brown, who appeared in the documentary, was examined as a spokesperson for Anonymous,[2] a label he disputes. The Hacker Wars tells the story of three young information activists, or hacktivists, and their battles with the US Government. These hacktivists are either terrorists or freedom fighters depending on one’s perspective on who should control information.

Spying on the Scammers (2020)

Citizen journalist Jim Browning gains unprecedented access to an Indian tech support scam center. Browning turned the tables on fraudsters after hacking into their office CCTV, VoIP systems, and workflow tools. The footage shot by Browning made it into an edition of the BBC TV’s Panorama, a British flagship current affairs program.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a 2014 American biographical documentary film about Aaron Swartz written, directed, and produced by Brian Knappenberger. The film premiered in the US Documentary Competition program category at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014.

Hackers in Wonderland (2000)

Hackers in Wonderland is a 2000 documentary film, produced and directed by Russell Barnes, about hackers in the United Kingdom. The documentary contains interviews with the hackers, revealing what drives them to hack, and their opinions about hacktivism.

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