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Karl Koch
Fabian Busch ...
David
Dieter Landuris ...
Pepe
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Lupo
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Maiwald
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Sergej
Peter Fitz ...
Brückner
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Weber
Lilly Marie Tschörtner ...
Beate (as Lilly Tschörtner)
Patrick Joswig ...
Alex
Arnulf Schumacher ...
Seybert
Sven Lehmann ...
Computerverkäufer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ...
Mr. Minit
Brigitte Janner ...
Sekretärin
Katrin Klein ...
Sekretärin
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The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his inheritance in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories inspired by his favorite novel, R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus", but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers. Pepe, one of Karl's rather criminal acquaintances senses that there is money in computer cracking - he travels to east Berlin and tries to contact the KGB. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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The other side of the story (the hunter's) is told in the movie The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990) See more »

Goofs

The train station Karl and David arrive at and rent a car from afterwards is not "Fallingbostel" but in fact a small town called "Neustadt am Ruebenberge" a few kilometers south of Fallingbostel. See more »

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Karl Koch: We hacked into everything we could. We took files from colleges, corporations and libraries. It was really easy most of the time. People were not creative with their passwords. Some used "password" others their pets' or wife's name. We worked at night for cheaper phone rates. Our weeks had 6 days of 28 hours. Which caused problems
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Referenced in Traceroute (2016) See more »

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Rauchhaus Song
[Written by] (Möbius/Steitz)
[Performed by] Ton Steine Scherben
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Hacking History
11 March 2004 | by (switzerland) – See all my reviews

A well researched accurate but still fast-paced movie.

This movie is of some significance to the history of computer hacking. Karl Koch may have been the loonie the movie presents, and I'm not sure he invented the concept of a Trojan, but the depiction of BBS/hacking/phreaking in the late eighties is nice and nostalgic.

The acting really works, very believable. Also reminiscent of cold war madness and fears. The "illuminatus" aspect is a bit of a sideshow, maybe true to what really happened, but it's not so certain. Who knows what really went on between these crazy Germans?...


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