Blackhat Allllmost Gets Hacking RightAdam Clark Estes1/13/15 4:45pmFiled to: BlackhatHackersHackingMoviesMichael MannChris HemsworthCybersecurity1127EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkBlackhat is based on a good idea. Michael Mann, the director, sets out to demonstrate how actions derived from ones and zeroes in the virtual world can produce devastating consequences in the physical world, and to show his audience how hacking really works. And he gets so close you can practically taste the Tor relays.AdvertisementThe film touches on a lot of the cybersecurity issues that concern real cybersecurity experts. Without spoiling the plot, Blackhat follows the FBI as its works with Chinese cyber defense officers to solve a major hack into financial markets and a seemingly related explosion at a nuclear power plant. The malware used is based on the famous Stuxnet attack, and the major hack that the characters are trying to prevent is targeted at critical infrastructure. References to a hacker-driven 9/11 happen throughout the movie. The FBI recruits Thor (a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth) who's a jailed blackhat hacker with a degree from MIT to help the authorities. Hell breaks loose.So what does it look like when the good hackers have to stop the bad hackers? Well, in between the excessive gun fights and explosions, hacking looks pretty boring. That's actually pretty true to real-life. And despite the dumb plot and mindless violence, Blackhat almost makes the hacking believable—almost.