This is how the 1995 film Hackers showed hackers

Cybersecurity continues to be one of the main concerns of the authorities of several countries, especially considering the certain possibility that their computer systems are victims of an attack.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, this type of event has multiplied, targeting the medical records of patients hospitalized for this disease in various health facilities.

In the mid-1990s, the topic of hackers was not that popular. For this reason, the 1995 premiere of the film that was precisely called that, Hackers, offered a first look at this world from the cultural sphere.

The film was released on a day like today, September 15, 1995. It was directed by Iain Softley and its cast included Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller and Matthew Lillard.


The script that was written by Rafael Moreu, presents a marked influence of the hacker and cyberpunk subcultures. It also offers a kind of tribute to 1984, the book written by George Orwell, through the character Emmanuel Goldstein.

It is presumed that the intention of the screenwriter was to show that the events narrated in Orwell’s work are still present in today’s society.

The film shows Dade Murphy who in 1988 brought down 1,507 systems on Wall Street, making him something of a legend among hackers.

Because of this, the authorities prohibited him from approaching a computer or telephone until he was 18 years old.

When this happens, Murphy is already in college and lives in New York, where he meets his fellow hackers. They will be involved in a corporate scam and will come to be hunted by the FBI.

Of course, with a marked concern for aesthetics, the characters that appear in the film move away from real-life hackers.

In fact, one of the main criticisms made after its premiere, pointed out that everything related to computer science that appeared in the film should be taken as seriously as archeology in the saga Indiana Jones.

Thus, with the passage of time, Hackers It has become a practical exercise that allows us to know what was the vision that was had about hackers in the mid-nineties.

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