'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' can also hack
The latest, and most likely the last, episode in Lisbeth Salander's life arrives today on the big screen when the Swedish import "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" opens in theaters nationwide.
Ever since the dark, brooding waif of a woman arrived on the literary scene, readers and movie goers have been captivated by the introverted computer hacker. So much of the story's drama hinges on Salander's ability to maneuver through the computer networks of the world. It is her saving grace and her deadliest weapon.
Salander's creator, Stieg Larsson, is noted for his occasionally overboard detail within the book, from meticulously noting the electronic equipment to what type of Ikea furniture Salander buys. But it is just now that someone asks, is the hacking true? Can someone work the wires as Salander does?
Vanity Fair interviews reformed hacker Kevin Poulsen, now the editor of Wired.com's Threat Level blog, about just how feasible the book is.
The short answer is: very. "A substantial number of machines around the world are secretly owned by hackers in this manner right now," Poulsen says.
It seems Eastern Europe is the epicenter of hacking these days and millions are being made in a new online mafia underworld of hacking.
It's a great take on the subject and it means watching Salander surf through the computers on the big screen this weekend will be all the more satisfying.
| October 29, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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