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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Computer Sciences

Publication Details

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (IJITST), Vol 2, Nos. 1/2, pp. 59-87. DOI: 10.1504/IJITST.2010.031472


Increasingly movies are being produced which feature plots that incorporate elements of computer security and hacking, and cumulatively these movies are creating a public perception as to the nature of computer security. This research examines movies that feature hackers (and hacking) to identify if any common themes emerge from these movies in their representation of these issues. To achieve this, first a corpus of hacking movies is created, and then using a qualitative data analysis technique, guidelines are developed which distinguish those movies that actually have the potential to create a perception with the general public. The resultant dataset is analysed and the salient details are compared to the reality of hacking. This research has implications in a range of fields, including in the education of computer students, organisation computer security and in the behaviour of the general public when using computers.