This week, Shane sits down with law professor and hacker historian Scott Shapiro to rant, and rave, about hacker movies. From War Games to the Die Hard franchise to TV’s “Mr. Robot,” Hollywood has portrayed hackers as heroes and villains. Sometimes filmmakers get the art and culture of hacking right. Sometimes they get basic technology very wrong. But the results are almost always entertaining. 

Scott is a professor at Yale Law School and the author of the new book Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks

Here’s a list of movies Shane and Scott discussed:

War Games 


Live Free or Die Hard, aka Die Hard 4 



Mr. Robot 


The Net 

Die Hard 2 

Scott’s book, Fancy Bear Goes Phishing 

Scott on Twitter 

Scott’s interview on the Lawfare podcast about his book

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