"Hacked": Canadian producers take on computer hacking in new reality series

This past week I was lucky enough to be invited inside the production office of the new TV show “Hacked”, a half-hour variety/documentary series that explores the illusive world of computer hacking. Produced by Casting Director and former hacker Travis Doering, “Hacked” takes on technology giants such as Apple, Research in Motion, and Rogers Wireless, as a featured computer hacker cracks their so-called secure networks with the world watching.

Last Saturday I sat down with Director Michael Roberds and Producer Travis Doering:

Why make Hacked?

TD: Before working in the Film Industry, I worked in the tech sector as developer and network consultant, during that time I became closely affiliated with Hacker Group Anonymous, and realized that while many hackers in the group are using their skill set to protect rights and freedoms, others were simply using our message as a cover for financial gain. To me this was not expectable.

I then began working with a penetration tester who I met in the IRC and using what we learned from the Anonymous IRC channel we warned potential targets and offered our services to fix vulnerabilities that Anonymous had discovered.  Surprisingly, a lot of the companies we approached would rather sweep it under the rug then fix the vulnerabilities that put consumers at risk. Unfortunately in the tech universe, as in all of the business world, It all comes down to the bottom line. This show is designed to bring awareness to the general public that these vulnerabilities do exist, and that we may not be as protected as we are lead to believe.

What can we expect to see?

TD: Everything, we will be showing all aspects of cyber crime with no exceptions. In fact I can tell you that on many occasions we will be revealing the exploits to the public for the first time.

Do you think Hacked crosses the line, when it comes to showing live exploits on television?

TD: If you are going to make a TV show, what is the point of playing it safe, really? When I set out to make “Hacked” I wanted to create something truly different from other variety shows. Something that can amaze the viewer through genuine information not a fabricated story or hyped up sex expel, Hacked is not the Real House Wives of Vancouver or Jersey Shore, my goal is to inform our viewers of the real risks they face with every keystroke in today’s digital world.

Michael, what drew you to Hacked? 

MR: “The story definitely". “Hacked” was a project that Travis pitched to me pretty early on in development and my first reaction was “What? So we are going to film hackers breaking into secure systems and expose it to the world on national television? What the hell. I’m in,” I have been a successful actor in Vancouver, BC for many years now and I have always wanted to opportunity to step into the director’s chair, and this was the perfect opportunity to work with a fantastic crew on a project everyone is very passionate about.”

Hacked is currently in talks with Shaw Media for Canadian distribution, Episode one titled “Leaked” focuses on wireless technology and celebrity hacking and is set to premiere in spring 2013.

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"Anonymous" may once have been a homogenous band of high-minded hacktivist heroes working selflessly for the greater good. But sadly, that ship has sailed.

WORLD WAR WEB ADVISORY #7: ANONYMOUS HAS BEEN OCCUPIED

"Anonymous" has been occupied.  And no longer just by web warriors laying waste to websites of the wicked, computer wizards worming their way into the iPhones of "Internet Security" frauds, or digital do-gooders doxing Congressional dolts and other corporate-controlled degenerates.  

Like Al Qaeda, Anonymous is no longer a band.  Like Al Qaeda, Anonymous is now just a brand.  Like Al Qaeda, Anonymous is the boogeyman.  What "Al Qaida Terrorism" did for the corporate cartel controlling America's Military Industrial Complex, "Anonymous Hacktivism" will do for that same corporate cartel's Terrorism Industrial Complex, the vastness and taxpayer cost of which - if ever disclosed - would certainly defy comprehension:

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And like "Al Qaida Terrorist", "Anonymous Hacktivist" is well on its way to becoming synonymous with "stateless enemy", a label we've seen loosely and liberally applied to any and all willing to fight back against the global corporate fascist perpetual war-for-profit machine when it illegally crosses sovereign borders to immorally massacre millions of their innocent wives and mothers, sisters and brothers, and others whose only crime was refusing to become another corporate fascist puppet by compromising their principles in exchange for power or personal gain.  And once that label is applied, given AUMF 2001 and now NDAA 2012, the fascist puppet regime in Washington DC can use whatever measures it deems necessary to make the troublemaker disappear - including arresting and detaining indefinitely without charge or trial an unarmed American citizen on American soil:

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Also sobering is the ease with which sovereign governments, corporate conglomerates and the global elite who control them can now conduct false flag cyber-ops to advance their agendas and blame them on the brave band of brothers and sisters behind all those virtual Fawkesian masks.  Consider, for example:  When the FBI penetrated Lulz Security, was their aim merely to probe the hackers, or to impact their agenda?  Were all of the federal websites hit in recent weeks hacked by democracy-minded dissidents, or were some of them targeted by Shangdong saboteurs from one of China's six TRBs (technical reconnaissance bureaus)?  And what was the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) recruiting hackers for, if not to hack?

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Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer for Finnish online security company F-Secure, answers with this:

"Anonymous is like an amoeba, it's got too many different operations run by truly different people which might not share a single person with another operation, but they use the same branding - they are part of the Anonymous brand, just like al-Qaida. Its just a brand nowadays, nothing else.  It's run the same, so that, like al-Qaida, anyone can credit an attack to Anonymous and no one's there to say otherwise."

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