As promised, heres some more choice pics from the cyber-caper classic, along with some memorable quotes.
Let’s start at the beginning, December 1969:
Fast forward to today, a.k.a. 1992, where Marty now leads a group of “white hats” that test security systems. Here, Marty gives his appraisal of a bank’s security.
This is Professor Gunter Janek, a brilliant mathematician who comes up with a way to factor large prime numbers, like those used for encryption. As you can see, it’s a really simple solution.
Whistler becomes curious about Janek’s box and runs diagnostics on it. He is the first to discover what it does.
An old friend returns, and the plot thickens.
To get Janek’s box back, they need to get past some strong security, like motion sensors in Cosmo’s office.
Marty’s team does research on Dr. Werner Brandes (”The world’s most boring human”), whose office is next door to Cosmo’s. This research includes going through his trash. Proof that hacking is dirty work.
The team needs to get a recording of Dr. Brandes saying parts of a phrase used in a “mantrap,” a secure “booth” that requires an ID card and a positive voice print match for access.
In the 60’s, Marty and Cosmo wanted to change the world by hacking. Marty, for the most part, has given up that quest. Cosmo never gave up, and tries one last time to get Marty to rejoin the effort.
“There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information!”
Word Games, Sneakers style.
After retrieving Janek’s box from his office, the team relaxes with a game of Scrabble. Curiosity gets the better of Whistler, who runs diagnostics on the box, while Marty discovers what “SETEC Astronomy” really means.
And the phrase that says it all…