Rise of the Hackers

A new global geek squad is harnessing cryptography to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals. Airing May 20, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired May 20, 2015 on PBS

  • Originally aired 09.24.14

Program Description

(Program not available for streaming.) Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank, and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious—and cybercriminals want it. Now, NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called "ultra-paranoid computing," all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers. From the sleuths who decoded the world's most advanced cyber weapon to scientists who believe they can store a password in your unconscious brain, NOVA investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science—all to stay one step ahead of the hackers.

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Image credit: (Carna Botnet)
Courtesy: Anonymous

Participants

Eric Chien
Symantec
Mat Honan
Patrick Lincoln
SRI International
Seth Lloyd
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering meche.mit.edu/people/faculty/index.html?id=55
Erik Lucero
UC Santa Barbara
James Lyne
Sophos
Sean McGurk
Verizon
Liam O'Murchu
Senior Development Manager, Symantec
Daniel Sanchez
SRI International

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