Cue crazy GUIs and virtual reality flybys representing hacking scenes.
Robot is a psychological thriller that follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night.” Yeah, that sounds like another Hollywood crapfest.
The team helped shape the show into a rather realistic portrayal of hacking techniques.
Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), the main character, is the “vigilante” hacker described in the synopsis. This is an accurate description of some of the exploits which have been demonstrated on the tor network.
Within the first 10 minutes of the pilot, he is turning a child pornographer in to the police. There aren’t any VR hacking scenes to be found either.
In fact, several characters watch and make fun of the “flu shot” scene in Hackers.
In this show, the command line isn’t hidden, it’s celebrated.
We see every command the characters type, from netstat to CAN bus dumps.
In one scene, Elliot even fires up a windows virtual machine so he can run Deep Sound on his Kali Linux box. Everyone’s favorite Linux single board computer is featured prominently in the first season.
We can’t knock a show where a character looks at another and says Social engineering is also a recurring theme.
We see everything from the old “dropped USB stick in the parking lot” attack, to a character thoroughly destroying the self confidence of a corporate drone as a method to get to his superiors.