Most people are familiar with Anthony E. Zuiker's work thanks to stuff like this…
Yep, as the creator of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation shows, he’s got TV crime drama under his belt. Me, though, I’ve been a fan of his other projects – like the “digi-novel,” Dark Prophecy and his Level 26 series. There, he melded video clips with atmospheric music and interactive elements so that stories took on new life in a new medium. Really cool stuff that I highly recommend you check out. So, when I heard the other day that his latest crime thriller kicks off by threatening a dude with his laptop, it kind of got my attention. (And, no, the criminal mastermind wasn’t threatening to beat the guy….just strip away his entire online identity.)
It turns out that Symantec is producing a 90-minute movie, penned by Zuiker and broken up into 10-minute episodes. Not exactly a shocker, but the point of the series is to illustrate how exposed your data is to the world and easy it is for someone to manipulate it to their advantage….in a Hollywood fashion, of course.
Also, heading over to the main site, http://cybergeddon.yahoo.com, you’re going to find something beyond the movie (and supplemental backstory elements). In the “All Access” area, there are some interesting historical tidbits….for those unfamiliar with some of the better-known hackers…or some of most successful spams. Last, but not least, is that they created a Cybergeddon game for smartphones. It’s free. It’s kinda cool. Check it out.
The LA Times even had a cool bit of background on Cybergeddon, saying that….
The software company provided technical advice to lend credibility to the series, much as it has with other movie projects such as the 2002 spy thriller "The Bourne Identity." In "Cybergeddon," one scene re-creates the Norton Security
Operations Center and its "Pandora's Box," a security room where viruses are analyzed in isolation. One of the movie's main characters, Winston Chang, is inspired by Norton's expert on cyber crime and digital security issues, Kevin Haley.
"We gave [Zuiker] true stories of how, as an example, there can be spyware on your phone and you won't even know it. It's taking pictures. It's listening in," said Rhonda Shantz, Norton brand marketing vice president. "We just gave him the facts and let that inspire what you see.
You’re probably wondering, “Why the heck is Darren discussing this on the HP blog?” You mean, besides the fact that it’s all 100 % free and worth checking out? The “FBI Cyber Nerve Center” in Cybergeddon is using HP gear to bust the bad guys. Well, that and you may have noticed that on a number of our computers – including the ENVY 14 Spectre – comes with 2 years’ worth of Symantec’s Norton Internet Security preinstalled.