In looking for interesting news about Phone Hacks I came across this great list put together last summer about the Top Nine Shocking Phone Hacks in the Science-Fiction Universe by the site The Geek Twins
Now, to be honest, Humbug Telecom can not stop any of these (yet), but I thought I would discuss a few of them anyway as the Geek Twins seem to have gotten the facts wrong in most cases.
Now their list is deliberately limited to "only includes interception of communication not intended for the recipient."
9. Transformers (2005) -
U.S. Hacks message to Decepticons
This is case of an extralegal wire tap more than a hack. Given that the US has "given" its self the right to do this against its own citizens (constitution be damned) post 9/11 it is not surprising that they would use it against an alien terrorist group.
8. Contact (1997) -
Scientist hacks alien signal to Earth
7. Star Trek: The Voyage Home (1986) -
Earth hacks message for whales
Again, a general broadcast that they could pickup but the intended recipient was unavailable (OK extinct ), so the remaining Enterprise crew go off in time to get someone that could respond. So also not a hack in the traditional sense.
6. Independence Day (1996) -
Goldblum hacks signal to alien invaders
Now here is another case of illegal intercept - or is it? The aliens hacked and hijacked the satellites first, committing subscription fraud. Then Jeff
Goldblum, working for the communications carrier, investigated and moved to stop the fraud - all legal on his side so far. But then, without a court order, he went and hacked the communications server to install malicious code to take the server down. Not exactly proper procedure for dealing with fraudsters, but it was effective (and saved the Earth too).
This one Humbug might have caught, as it was effectively an inappropriate call to a Premium (satellite).
5. Signs (2002) -
Family hacks signal to alien invaders
4. Terminator 2 -
Terminator hacks phone message to dead mother
Now here we have the precursor to the Rubert Murdoc News of the World story. Someone hacked the messages of a dead person and then made their family think that they were alive. This was bad enough that it caused the oldest news company to go out of business and several members to be charged with crimes. So this is definite case of hacking.
3. I Come in Peace (1990) -
Evil alien hacks message to good aliens
2. Serenity -
Criminals hack message to government
1. Star Wars: A New Hope -
Man hacks message to friend
All images taken from the original Geek Twins post, which they attributed as follows:
# 7 http://startrek.com
# 6 http://horrordigest.blogspot.com