I went and saw Transformers on Friday (and Sunday, it was that good!). What has this got to do with computer security? Well in the movie you have a bunch of alien robots trying to find a cube. The humans had found and hidden it. So the robots go on to the government network (once from an army base and once from Air Force One) and get on the network, after hacking through their security in a matter of seconds, and try to find clues to where it is.
After finding the relevant information and while it is being downloaded a special virus is also uploaded. This virus is resilient to any anti-virus and adapts to newer heuristics. It is a time bomb and at the appropriate time disables all the networks and communication channels.
Talk about Artificial Intelligence, alien life forms experienced in hacking networks and Critical National Infrastructures. Other relevant movie information included the robots reverse engineering car schematics to transform into them (I wonder if they had problems with the relevant companies’ copyright policy) and a sound expert (called a hacker) who found and translated special symbols to readable English (in a matter of seconds). Then again it is a fast moving movie with hardly any boring bits.
What it boils down to is that the hacking parts are not as cool and thought out as usual in Hollywood movies. The movie still rocks (especially if you like cars, robots and fighting and best of all not a drop of blood, great for kids).