Security is no fiction: Infosec on TV, film—and in space

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Where no password has gone before

I predate the modern tech age by just enough that the first time I saw a computer password was on-screen: In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Admiral Kirk staves off disaster by using a five-digit numeric code to hack into the stolen USS Reliant's computer, ordering it to lower its shields. The idea that a powerful warship's central control computer could be accessed with just a five-number password seems laughable today—though not as laughable as the USS Enterprise's self-destruct password being "000-destruct-0," as we saw in the next film.

Has film and TV depiction of IT security gotten any better since the '80s? We quizzed some tech pros hear their favorites and learn about the worst offenders.

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Security is no fiction: Infosec on TV, film—and in space

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