Gigglebit: ‘I hacked before hacking was cool …’

31 Jul 2014

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These days, films, TV shows and even video games feature hacking deeper in their plots, marking an evolution from the 1980s, when hacking was in its infancy and left to stereotypical nerds performing their ‘dark magic’ on MS-DOS.

To honour these brave pioneers, one YouTuber has made a compilation of the best moments of hacking from the silver screen of the 1980s. Can you guess which movies they’re from?

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic