Dennis Nedry, the villain of Jurassic Park, was not such a good hacker after all, as real programmers proved. Here’s why…
While we’re a long way from the days when evil hackers wore ski masks and randomly pounded keys on their keyboards, hacking scenes in movies often remain unrealistic — and ridiculed by those in the know.
What about Jurassic Park in 1993? Remember the park’s chief programmer, Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), who, due to financial problems, agreed to donate dinosaur embryos to Biosyn. His plan was to use the malware “Whte_rbt.obj” – a reference to Alice in Wonderland (“White Rabbit”) – to disable the park’s security system and hide his theft, releasing the dinosaurs.
The developers analyzed the source code that we can see on your computer in the film and it’s not good…
The discussion around Dennis’ code started years ago on the StackExchange forum. After analysis, users decided that what we see on our screen cannot be used to free the dinosaurs. Therefore, Dennis is not a super hacker: What we see in the shells (command interfaces) is just an example of code provided by the program he uses, the Macintosh Programmer’s Workshop.
If at first glance the windows and their contents seem quite complicated, upon closer inspection, the criminal would not have even been able to get past the security system!
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