H4ck3rs Are People Too is a recently released documentary that gives an enlightening and comical glimpse into the hacker community. Not just the cybercriminal launching attacks from the dark shadows of their basement, the film proves that hackers are fun, passionate, beer-drinking, normal people.
The film dispels the notion that all hackers are out to steal your credit card info and replaces it with the reality that many hackers are IT security professionals, computer analysts and researchers. The message that comes through, for me, is that a lot of hackers are just normal people trying to break things to make them better.
The film was edited and directed by Ashley Schwartau, a 23 year-old University of Central Florida digital media student. Daughter of Winn Schwartau, CEO of The Security Awareness Company, Schwartau has been going to hacker conventions since the age of 16. The documentary was shot at a recent Defcon conference where Schwartau interviewed some prominent names in the IT security community.