The Hacker Wars Is an Angry Doc About Angry Young Men

The Hacker Wars Is an Angry Doc About Angry Young Men
The Hacker Wars is an angry documentary about angry young men. Brilliant and schlubby, the hackers profiled by director Vivien Lesnik Weisman see themselves as valiant and subversive defenders of digital security and privacy in an age of surveillance, and they just might be. Though their methods are often crude and aggressive, full of bigoted remarks and images of sphincters spread wide, the hackers draw major press attention to the American government's access to and use of individuals' information. Most prominent and charismatic is "weev," or Andrew Auernheimer, a joyfully outlandish hacker who declares, "Embarrassing people — I enjoy it, it's viscerally fun." Auernheimer uncovered a breach in At&T customer security and was sent to prison for revealing that the c...
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