Flashy pop-ups and green-on-black text screens, with the occasional cat GIF thrown in for good measure, cannot gloss it over: When scriptwriters and directors want to show us what hackers (blackhat, whitehat, and everybody in between – character development!) actually do when plying their trade, reality is relegated to the backseat.
If you spend your days glued to your terminal, compiling piles of code or debugging software, you know first-hand how wrong they have it. Glamour? Suspension? The thrill of the hunt? Let’s get real.