Fox Sitcom Will Depict Pen Testing Firm

Hollywood is taking another crack at hacker culture – this time with a decidedly contemporary twist: a sitcom that will depict the zany doings of a group of security geeks who work as corporate penetration testers.

Hollywood is taking another crack at hacker culture – this time with a decidedly contemporary twist: a sitcom that will depict the zany doings of a group of security geeks who work as corporate penetration testers.

The new show, breaking_in, is scheduled to debut on April 6 and will star Christian Slater (nooooooo!!!!) as the CEO of a private consulting firm that “breaks into companies before the criminals do.” Think of it like a cross between CSI and The Office plus some quirky t-shirts and laptops. (And, yeah, they’ve got a “Dwight“.) 

Of course penetration testing may be a bit too niche an occupation. According to this article, the network had cold feet about the show, but pushed ahead with two pilot episodes before finally picking breakin_in up in November.

Hollywood has a mixed record when it comes to dramatizing the sometimes tedious work done by computer hackers and security geeks. Most depictions of hacking on the big screen make breaking into sophisticated networks ridiculously easy – going right back to seminal films like War Games and Sandra Bullock’s awful The Net. No telling yet how funny the writers on breaking_in can make social engineering and network pen testing, but this trailer gives you a taste of what the show will be like.

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Discussion

  • Ronda on

    Wow that just looks awful! This would make any infosec professional cringe

  • Anonymous on

    On the bright side, unlike at a real pen testing firm, there will probably be hot babes  in Fox's version.

  • Anonymous on

    Completely realistic...specially the 'cake' part...

  • Anonymous on

    Blatant rip-off of exotic liabilities Tiger Team anyone?

  • Anonymous on

    Did you watch Tiger Team?  This show is a sitcom...

  • Anonymous on

    Sidenote: 'BREAKING IN is produced by Happy Madison Productions'  - http://www.fox.com/breakingin/
  • Anonymous on

    I did watch Tiger Team.  I mean breaking into a dealership?  really couldn't come up with any orignal material?  I guess I shouldn't be suprised though.  Just about everything coming out of Hollywood right now is a rip off or remake of something else. 

  • gatoni_gr on

    Heh... How sweet. Now the average joe will become an expert in penetration testing and infosec, after mastering diagnostic medicine by watching "House MD", and mastering behavioural psychology and deception by watching "Lie To Me".

  • MrAnonymousToYou on

    Is Chuck realistic? Is The Office realistic? Is Big Bang Theory realistic? Come on, its TV. Relax, its entertainment. 

    Yes the "hack" looks like a Tiger Team rip off, but that's who's going to pay for a physical penetration test, people who have something physical to steal. Hacking a site through the Internet doesn't make for good TV.

  • Anonymous on

    Perhaps this portrayal of our industry will help us all to get laid a bit more.  No complaints here.

  • Anonymous on

    I got a great I idea lets find every bad stero type and make fun of it on TV .. it will be funny right. Its all good though this POS will not last.

  • Anonymous on

    this looks terrible.

    love the comment approval thing on their video though.

  • European mind says on

    It is STUPID! Usually USA series are so waste of mind, loaded with violence and glorify army stereotypes.
  • gangsta-gangsta on

    How long before Gregory Evans claims he helped write script for it? :-D kiddin'.

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