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More Code In Movies: Nmap Meets Snowden ( 73

After Saturday's story about the code samples in the new movie Arrival, an anonymous reader reminded us of this classic essay at For reasons unknown, Hollywood has decided that Nmap is the tool to show whenever hacking scenes are needed... While Nmap had been used in some previous obscure movies, it was The Matrix Reloaded which really turned Nmap into a movie star! has a tradition -- the first person to notify them when new Nmap appears in a new movie wins a signed copy of Nmap Network Scanning "or a T-shirt of your choice from the Zero Day Clothing Nmap Store." (The site adds that "movie script writers, artists, and digital asset managers are also welcome to email Fyodor for advice.") And just added another film, Oliver Stone's new movie about Edward Snowden. In one early scene, Snowden is given a network security challenge at a CIA training class which is expected to take 5 to 8 hours. But with the help Nmap and a custom Nmap NSE script named ptest.nse, Snowden stuns the professor by completing everything in 38 minutes!
According to the site, even the movie's trailer features Nmap. Anybody else have their own favorite stories about code in the movies?
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More Code In Movies: Nmap Meets Snowden

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  • by magical liopleurodon ( 1213826 ) on Sunday November 13, 2016 @07:53PM (#53277881)

    but can nmap hack the gibson?

    • I once "hacked gibson" five times in one day. The results were disastrous and painful. I recommend "hacking gibson" no more than two times, three tops.
  • by jgfenix ( 2584513 ) on Sunday November 13, 2016 @08:05PM (#53277925)
    Someone could require to release the movies under the GPL
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Showing a program operate almost certainly does not make that movie a derivative work...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    >running nmap
    >what is this computer shit
    >ahh, it must be

  • "code"? who needs code when you already Know the Code.
  • by Required Snark ( 1702878 ) on Sunday November 13, 2016 @08:36PM (#53278039)
    It looks stranger then C or block structured languages. The other choice would be PERL, which looks like a cat walked on a keyboard.

    The other reason for choosing LISP is that aliens would have a better chance of understanding it. Being based on the Lambda Calculus. [] it represents a fundamental understanding of the theory of computation. It is likely that other intelligent species would recognize it. It's unclear that C or C++ show that any intelligent life exists on earth.

  • by bravehamster ( 44836 ) on Sunday November 13, 2016 @08:44PM (#53278071) Homepage Journal

    In the movie Blackhat there's a screen where a hex editor is used to analyze some malware code. The hex code is just random nonsense, but the ASCII conversion contains lines from an erotic novel, but with each word reversed

    Here's a screenshot: []

    The text on the right says

    Her lover one day takes O for a walk ....
    in a section of the city where they never go the Montsouris Park. After they have taken a stroll in the park, and have sat together side by side on the edge of a lawn, they notice at one corner of the park, at an intersection where there are never any taxis, a car which, because


    which comes from this: [] ... O_djvu.txt

  • mame was in godzilla 2000

  • by Zocalo ( 252965 ) on Monday November 14, 2016 @03:53AM (#53279375) Homepage
    We already have the Wilhelm scream that has appeared in countless movies as a kind of insider joke/cameo (including all Star Wars movies to date), so why not have the "Fyodor Code" as well?
  • TRON: Legacy (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mccalli ( 323026 ) on Monday November 14, 2016 @04:20AM (#53279449) Homepage
    The seen where he is sucked into the computer. Someone really, really cared about the accuracy of that scene.
    • He's using SunOS - period-acurate
    • The projected keyboard actually did exist at or near the time of the original TRON
    • He runs iostat
    • When the laser gizmo starts powering up to digitise him, the iostat figures start going through the roof

    Someone cared.

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson