This concept of hackers transcends the technology of any particular era, which explains why hackers still resort to movie analogies to explain their work years later. When researchers at the University of Michigan used chip leakage to hide the backdoor in 2016, they described it as “outside the Matrix.” When security researcher Joanna Rutkowska showed that she could trap a victim computer in a layer of invisible software she controlled, she referred to it as a “blue pill” attack.
“I Can Use matrix Katie Moussoris, a well-known security researcher and CEO of Luta Security, said: “Well, this is a woman in a red dress that everyone sees, but hackers can see the code that renders that woman And change the color of her clothes.” “Even if you, the programmer, did not intentionally allow this, it is possible because I can check what is happening under the surface.”
the most important is, matrix capture feel Dai Zovi said that he saw the movie for the first time as a 19-year-old college student. A year later, he worked as a system administrator for an ultra-early social media company called SuperFamilies.com, which had some additional Sun Microsystems workstations. One Friday, he asked if he could take one home to deal with it-and found a memory corruption vulnerability in its software. He spent the entire spring break to learn to exploit this vulnerability.
When he finally succeeded, Dai Zuowei experienced for the first time the feeling of completely taking over a piece of code with the technology he invented and letting it do whatever he wanted. He likened this to Neo jumping into Agent Smith’s body, blasting him apart, and then standing quietly in his place, while the world bends skillfully around him. Dai Zuowei said: “He makes this bend, and there are bubbles on the screen, just like he distorts time and space.” “When you write your first exploit-or your hundredth or thousandth-you will feel To this flexibility. Once you perfect it, you want to run it a million times to get that sense of strength and ability.”
Hackers have not yet fully mastered superpowers in our reality. But as networked computers penetrate more physical objects—our cars, home appliances, and even critical infrastructure such as power grids, water supply systems, and manufacturing—modern life has always become more and more like a matrix. The ability to control these computer systems becomes a skill that can change the real world.
For most of us, getting rid of pervasive computing is no longer an option. Maybe it’s best to put on a flared jacket, dive into the digital world, and then start bending some spoons.
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