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Identity control via FBI databases

by Critical Commons Manager

Typically, the database updating scene in Hollywood technological anxiety films involves falsifying information in order to implicate an innocent person in a crime, thereby disrupting their identity and triggering a predictable string of narrative consequences. In this minor inversion of the logic of hacking into a government criminological database, Robert Redford's record is instead corrected to include his current alias. The net result is, of course, the same. Having been framed for a murder, the government will now be able to connect his current, legal identity with his past as a naive, college age, black-hat hacker.

No more secrets in Sneakers

A reformed hacker has his identity revealed via an FBI database

from Sneakers (1992)
Creator: Phil Alden Robinson
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Posted by Critical Commons Manager