A young family of three immigrates from Ukraine to Canada in the hopes of starting a new and better life. They move to a town called London, Ontario. But when their expectations fall through, they find themselves burdened by mortgage debt. The son, Alex, grows up and learns his ways through the online world. To alleviate his parents financial troubles, he starts making money illegally, through a site called Darkweb. This turns out to be an organized crime group, headed by an internationally sought-after criminal, Zed. Alex quickly works his way up the ranks, moves to Toronto and finds himself getting more involved. He partners up with a street-wise hustler named Sye and Kira, which puts Alex into a state of conflict. When tensions escalate and a deal goes horribly wrong, the trio moves to Hong Kong to get away from the local trouble. Their operations become larger in volume, but their ambition takes them to a new step. Ripping off ATMs across the city. This catches the attention of Zed, the leader of the organized crime gang. Together with Zed, Alex plans an operation involving the Chariman of the Federal Reserve and the NASDAQ stock exchange. However, they are betrayed, and Alex faces his toughest battle: jail. Inpired by true events.
The Hacker Wars is a 2014 documentary film about hacktivism in the United States, directed by Vivien Lesnik Weisman. It was released on October 17, 2014 in the US. Barrett Brown, who appeared in the documentary, was examined as a spokesperson for Anonymous, a label he disputes. The Hacker Wars tells the story of three young information activists, or hacktivists, and their battles with the US Government. These hacktivists are either terrorists or freedom fighters depending on one’s perspective on who should control information. It is about “weev,” infamous hacker and troll; Barrett Brown, journalist and propagandist for the hacktivist collective, Anonymous; and Jeremy Hammond, aka Anarchaos, who was before his arrest number one on the FBI's cyber-criminal list. The fourth character is Sabu, the hacker turned FBI informant who ran the FBI's cyber unit for 9 months and is responsible for their arrests. He is the shadowy protagonist in a high-stakes game of espionage and betrayal in the age of the Internet. In the film Barrett Brown, American journalist, is facing 105 years in prison for publicizing information revealed through Jeremy Hammond’s epic hacks. Hammond himself had just begun a 10-year prison term. Andrew Aurenheimer, known by his hacker handle “weev” embarrasses large corporations. He was sentenced to 41 months for hacking AT&T, but his conviction was overturned. He vows to continue doing what landed him in prison in the first place. The film is structured like Nashville on Meth. The viewer is shuttled between story lines at lightning speed mirroring the disjointed lives of the protagonists and life on the Internet. Glenn Greenwald (Snowdon Leaks), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Thomas Drake, former Senior Executive of the NSA; “the original Edward Snowdon”; and others explain why these anti-heroes exposing the security surveillance state through hacking should be supported rather than jailed. They are not merely unveiling surveillance programs and the deep-state intelligence; they are exposing how power works. According to Glenn Greenwald, “What the Anonymous collective and Hammond’s hacks revealed and Barrett Brown publicized is so criminal that it must be exposed no matter what the means. The US Government will go to any lengths, including the suspension of the rule of law, to stop them.” Barrett Brown, weev, and Jeremy Hammond have been covered in Rollingstone, Vice, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, Gawker, BuzzFeed, and The Nation, and are well known in France and the UK. The Hacker Wars is the second feature documentary by Vivien Lesnik Weisman. She studied Political Science at Barnard College. She attended NY Law School and was received in both the NY and Washington DC Bar Association. She went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Her last film, Man of Two Havanas, opened at Tribeca Film Festival, was met with critical acclaim, and has gone on to win the most prestigious awards throughout the world. She has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs throughout the country and abroad, including WNBC, WCBS, Democracy Now, Telemundo, Univision, and MegaTV, to name a few. She was a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her films have been the recipients of Grand Prix Documentary at the Festival Internacional du Cinema Latin de Paris, the IFP Fledgling Fund Award for Best WIP, IFP Best Emerging Latino Filmmaker, Audience Award at The Vancouver International Latino Film Festival, First Coral Award at the Festival de Nuevo Cine Latino Americano (Havana International Film Festival), the Grand Prix Signis at the Festival Internacional du Cinema Latin de Paris, Golden Eagle, UCLA Spot Light Award, as well as the Social Justice Award Finalist at The Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Bedwin Hacker is a Tunisian fictional film about a computer hacker and TV pirate who broadcasts messages promoting freedom and equality for North Africans, and the attempt by the French DST to find her and stop her. Released in 2003, it predated the 2010 Arab Spring by several years. The film breaks several stereotypes of typical Tunisian cinema, by focusing on mobility issues in 21st century Tunisia.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, BLACKHAT follows furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. As Hathaway closes in, the stakes become personal as he discovers that the attack on a Chinese nuclear power plant was just the beginning. Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) directs the propulsive action-thriller.
The Throwaways is a 2015 American action film directed by Tony Bui and written by Don Handfield and Michael Ross. The film stars Sam Huntington, Katie McGrath, Christian Hillborg, Jack Kesy, Kevin Dillon, and James Caan. The film premiered on January 30, 2015, on Crackle.