New film, Blackhat, plays off cyber-security fears

“Our world interconnected; Our systems interconnected. Our identities vulnerable; Our security vulnerable.” 

So opens the latest trailer for Blackhat, a "cyber-thriller" set to hit theatres in early 2015. Another trailer opens with the foreboding quote from a US Senate hearing by former CIA director, Leon Panetta, “…The next Pearl Habour that we confront could very well be a cyber-attack…”

Though the upcoming film's previews do what advertisements do best — sensationalise — its release underscores the shifting popular awareness of cyber-crime, and more precisely, universal vulnerability to it, as the biggest threat in our modern world.

Directed and co-written by British filmmaker, Michael Mann, the plot line follows a convicted hacker, played by Chris Hemsworth, who is recruited by investigators to assist in taking down a global cyber-crime ring in exchange for a commute to his sentence.

According to news sources, Mann deeply researched hacking, cyber-crime and cyber-security in writing the Blackhat screenplay. The filmmaker spent years delving into subject matter involving the world-wide dependence on technology and information security — a theme relevant to government bodies, global enterprises and individuals alike.

For Infosec professionals, Blackhat will certainly present something for both knowing head nods and chortles at Hollywood embellishments.

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