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[piano music]

Keeps rewriting itself to counter my commands.

This has something to do with computers.

Hack ’em all.

Hi, I’m Samy Kamkar.

[Narrator] Samy is the co-founder of OpenPath Security

and a computer hacker.

I’m back to talk about more hacking scenes

in TV shows and movies.

Breaking into a government system, The X-Files.

This has something to do with computers, the internet.

Actually the ARPANET.

You can access it through the internet.

I want to believe, but this clip isn’t too realistic.

ARPANET is essentially what the internet came from.

DARPA, the U.S. government agency created ARPANET

and that bubbled into the internet

and became publicly available.

When the X-Files came out,

ARPANET was no longer in existence.

Isn’t there something you could-

I mean how do you say it, hack into?

I’m sorry, I think this is the end of the line.

How you say, that’s what she says.

She says, How you say, hack.

[Samy laughs]

How do you say it, hack into.

But How you say is what you say in other languages

when you don’t know.


[computer beeps]

What did you do?

Oh, it’s a government system,

I know a couple of logging out tricks with VMS version five.

If you’re using a password that you know,

then I don’t really consider that hacking.

[tense music]

[Woman] What is that?

It’s an encrypted file.

[computer beeps]

Why would your three year old have an encrypted file

in a secret defense department database?

Can you decode it?

There’s another issue here

in that they find a file that’s encrypted,

that by itself is not too unrealistic.

They’re showing the file in ASCII format.

Can you print it out for me?

But when you print it out,

that’s going to be useless information.

And that’s because many of the characters

that would be in an encrypted file

are not visible in an ASCII format.

So you end up with things like periods,

which may or may not be a period

or it could be a totally different character or byte.

So your ex-boyfriend is into computers.

I would totally say that.

Wait, your boyfriend’s into computers?

I should meet him.

[Samy laughs]

Locking down a system, Jurassic Park.

[computer beeps]

[tense music]

[computer beeps]

Five, four.

[door hisses]

In this clip, it looks like Newman,

you know who I mean.


Is kind of running around,

activating or…