After being lost for almost a decade, an unreleased documentary about hacking reappeared on “Pirate Bay,” a Swedish peer to peer file sharing site.
Narrated by actor Kevin Spacey, the 90-minute Hackers Wanted follows the exploits of Adrian Lamo, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to cracking the internal network of The New York Times.
Lamo made his mark early in the decade with a string of hacks against prominent companies, including Yahoo, Excite, Worldcom, Microsoft and the New York Times. His attacks were characterized by a sense of humor – in 2001, Lamo snuck into an unprotected content-management tool at Yahoo’s news site to tinker with a Reuters story, adding a made-up quote by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft. He staged other hacks, first alerting the press and often working with the hacked company to close the security holes that he exploited.
Typically wandering the country by Greyhound bus, Lamo gained the nickname “the Homeless Hacker.” He ultimately surrendered to face charges related to the New York Times hack, and was sentenced to six months home confinement at his parents’ house and two years of probation.
“It’s ironic that a film about overcoming barriers, about new technologies, about thinking differently, had to come to the public eye by being hacked out of the hands of people who, after making a film about the free flow of information, tried to lock away that information forever,” says Lamo.
The Pirate Bay is "one of the world's largest facilitators of illegal downloading," and "the most visible member of a burgeoning international anti-copyright or pro-piracy-movement" according to an editorial published in the Los Angeles Times,