Mickey Virus: Bollywood movie jumps on hacking bandwagon

Filed Under: Celebrities, Featured, Malware

Bollywood is making what is reportedly its first venture into the world of cybercrime - with a new movie due to be released later in 2013 about hacking and computer malware.

Mickey Virus

The comedy-thriller, titled "Mickey Virus", is set in Delhi and will star TV anchorman Manish Paul in what is said to be his big screen debut. (No, we haven't heard of him either - but he seems to be well known in India for hosting TV talent shows).

It will remain to be seen how well "Mickey Virus" represents the world of computer security. Will it do a better job than the Western TV and film shows we have seen tackling cybercrime in the past, with their bizarre ideas of what malware attacks look like, and what hacking involves?

We've seen real cybercrime events inspire movie plotlines before. For instance, "Subject: I love you" which appears to have been very loosely sparked by the Love Bug worm.

The stars of 'Subject: I love you'

Lets hope that "Mickey Virus" does not glamourise or trivialise hacking and malware creation too much.

I, for one, would much rather watch a movie that portrays the guys who help keep the internet safe as heroes rather than yet another film that portrays nerds eating pizza in their bedroom at 2am as geniuses.

As everyone has surely guessed, the guys and gals in SophosLabs are pretty mean dancers, putting malicious hackers to shame on the disco floor with their smooth moves.

If Bollywood wants us to do a number, you know where to find us.

Hat-tip: NDTV

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6 Responses to Mickey Virus: Bollywood movie jumps on hacking bandwagon

  1. roy jones jr · 469 days ago

    There could be a premise for a movie the way Graham describes. But since hollywood rarely likes to keep a certain substance in its movies, I don't expect a decent computer movie anytime soon.

  2. Proposed premise: Kid acts as live bait for international investigators hunting ringleaders of international criminal syndicate after his parents lose everything to ransomware/identity theft attack.

    Seems like something Hollywood could get behind, as computer crime becomes the driving motivation rather than the visual grab of the movie. They could even throw in the requisite gunfight/explosions/car chase/girl meets boy/coming of age plot tricks and have the actual malware bit be somewhat realistic and believable.

    I think my fingers are better at typing quickly on a keyboard than forming accurate mudras, but I see room for an interesting fusion there....

  3. Nigel · 468 days ago

    OK, so...uh, when do we get to see the video of Sophos folks getting down with their bad selves on the disco floor? I'd love to see that one. I'll bet it'd go...well, viral. (heh)

  4. autocorrect · 466 days ago

    Oh please I do expect a respected blog like this to do some cross checking then to feed some publicity stunt for a Bollywood film...

    The above is by no means "Bollywood is making what is reportedly its first venture into the world of cybercrime" ..

    22 March 2002

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16_December_%28film...

    Has all the cheeky elements of brain numbing so call tech and hacking.

    8 July 2002
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Jai_Jagadish

    "Jagadish is caught computer hacking after trying to help a friend get the answers to a test. ....... He reveals that he used his hacking skills to create a program to block hackers instead. "

    SO meh and double meh really ...

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