The Cracker

The Cracker– a computer criminal. An intelligent individual who attacks in secret, someone who can either destroy or improve someone’s life. In movies or tv shows and even books, I find myself inexplicably drawn to characters who are hackers. I love the way they’re written and the whole idea behind the reason they attack others through the web. It varies between personal gain for oneself, or gain for the mass. One of my favorite examples is Mr. Robot. This is a show about an underground hacker society who goes by the name of fsociety. The main character is Elliot Alderson, a security engineer at Allsafe Cybersecurity and a vigilante hacker by night. One of the more notable hacks done by fsociety was when they hacked E.Corp, also referred to as Evil Corp, and successfully took them down. This threw the world’s economy into chaos and erased thousands of people’s debts. One of Elliot’s hacks for personal gain can be found from this clip, where he changes his tests and records from his times in the hospital.

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I just love the whole hacker aesthetic. I am not into action or fighting, it doesn’t interest me. I find that in movies, hacking is always the right way to expose someone. I love how in just one click you can completely change or destroy someone or something. It creates a certain tension, will their backdoor be successful? Will they get caught? Can they really overwrite the system? Black hats, such as Elliot, are always characters worth writing. I feel like this picture from above taken from a cartoon/comic can describe what a hacker can do. Another reason as to why I enjoy watching movies or shows based off hackers is because it happens in real life. Almost everyone knows of the activist hacker group, Anonymous. This group has no leadership and thus the blame cannot be pinned onto one person. Just like fsociety, they have a strange sense of justice. They have been involved in many protests in the U.S., actively taking part and showing the truth.

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Elliot stopping a cyber attack against Allsafe.

 

 

 

Road Trip Expectation vs. Reality

Over spring break I went along with some friends on a well-earned road trip. Now we were immensely looking forward to this. We have been planning to drive up to Rachel, Nevada and hit up Area 51 for a while now. It took about 6 hours to reach and if there is one thing I can say, road trips aren’t always what you expect. They’re actually worse.

Based on books and movies almost all of us expect road trips to consist of memories with friends, good music, laughter, and a sense of freedom. To drive down an endless road with no one around you, music loud and singing along to the lyrics till your throat runs dry. We expect beautiful scenery and seeing hitchhikers on the road. An overall unforgettable adventure. A total cliche.

But sadly, almost none of that is true. Here’s the reality: car sickness, annoyance, and way too many bathroom breaks. Over the span of just 2 hours my friend Steph managed to take 4 bathroom breaks and ripped the aux cord. We missed probably 3 exits and increased the duration of our trip. The car was too hot and there was also a lot of traffic that we did not expect. And honestly, this article perfectly explains the truth behind road trips.

Although at the end of the day, it was all worth it. All the car sickness was washed away when we reached our destination. We visited The Little A’Le’Inn and toured around the attractions near Area 51. Road trips may be a total pain but they pay off. Although I still think it would be best to just take a plane or train. The trip was fun and we all had an amazing time! Up until we had to drive ANOTHER 6 hours home the next day.

 

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Steph: Extratterastial Highway