Hacker Wars will follow contestants for 48 hours as they compete in a staged penetration testing exercise against a fictional company.
I decided to cross something off of my "bucket list" as a way to celebrate my 40th birthday this year: make a movie. For my first movie, I've created a "hacker" contest in which the participants must gather information and solve problems. The contest is modeled on so-called "penetration tests" which is when ethical hackers attempt to break in to a company's computer systems with the target's permission. This is in an effort to find security problems before the bad guys do. The contest won't just involve sitting at computers, it will also involve other typical activities: performing reconnaissance of physical facilities, surveillance of individuals, urban exploration, infiltration of buildings, and surreptitious contact with moles in the target organization.
All of this will take place during a 48 hour marathon session and be filmed. The resulting hours of video will be edited in to a movie that is entertaining, but also explains the process of penetration testing and exposes computer security issues that are important to both large organizations and individuals. The contestants might be targeting a fictional company and will have permission to access the physical locations; but the techniques they'll use are being used every day by adversaries from bored teens to foreign spy agencies.
A friend summarized what I was trying to do as a "nerdy Fear Factory." That seems pretty close to the mark! I'm looking forward to it and appreciate any pledges you can make toward equipment rentals, digital video tapes, pizza and coffee. Thanks!!
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May 8, 2012 - Jun 5, 2012
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A digital download of the finished video when it is complete.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Digital download of the finished video, plus a digital download of special "Making Of" / Bloopers video.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Both digital downloads plus a multiple-DVD box set containing: The original video, the "Making Of" / Bloopers video, soundtrack on CD, additional bonus video, and interviews with industry rock stars!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above, plus a DVD containing the virtual machine used by the contestants. This includes numerous security tools, custom artwork and the Gibson 3D interface! (Delivery of virtual machine may be after the video's release date.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All of the above, plus entry to the Hacker Wars release party / premiere screening in Pittsburgh, PA!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above, plus a sumptuous dinner with the filmmaker / host and select cast and crew during the annual DefCon conference in Las Vegas, NV in July 2012! (Entrance to DefCon not required or included. Travel to Las Vegas not included.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012