The Social Network (2010) – Hacking scene
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The Social Network (2010) – Hacking scene


Erica Albright’s a bitch. Do you think that’s because her family changed their name from Albrecht, or do you think it’s because all BU girls are bitches? For the record, she may look like a 34C, but she’s getting all kinds of help from our friends at Victoria’s Secret. She’s a 34B, as in barely anything there. False advertising. The truth is, she has a nice face. I need to do something to take my mind off her. Easy enough, except I need an idea. I’m a little intoxicated, I’m not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10:00 p.m. And it’s a Tuesday night? Billy. The Kirkland facebook is open on my desktop, and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. Billy Olson’s sitting here and had the idea of putting some of the pictures, next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on who’s hotter. Good call, Mr. Olson. Yeah, it’s on. I’m not gonna do the farm animals, but I like the idea of comparing two people together. It gives the whole thing a very “Turing” feel. Since people’s ratings of the pictures will be more implicit, than, say, choosing a number to represent each person’s hotness, like they do on hotornot.com The first thing we’re going to need is a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, Harvard doesn’t keep a public centralized facebook, so I’m going to have to get all the images from the individual houses that people are in. Let the hacking begin. First up is Kirkland. They keep everything open and allow indexes in their Apache configuration. So a little Wget magic is all that’s necessary to download the entire Kirkland facebook. Kids’ stuff. Next is Eliot. They’re also open, but with no indexes on Apache. I can run an empty search and it returns all of the images in the database in a single page. And I can save the page and Mozilla will save all the images for me. Excellent. Moving right along. Excuse me! Everybody! You are at one of the oldest, one of the most exclusive clubs, not just at Harvard, but in the world. And I want to welcome you all, to Phoenix Club’s first party
of the fall semester! Lowell has some security. They require a user name/password combo, and I’m gonna go ahead and say they don’t have access to the main FAS user database, so they have no way of detecting an intrusion. Adams has no security, but limits the number of results to 20 a page. All I need to do is break out the same script I used on Lowell and we’re set. Quincy has no online facebook. What a sham. Nothing I can do about that. Dunster is intense. Not only is there no public directory, but there’s no directory at all. You have to do searches, and if your search returns more than 20 matches, nothing gets returned. And once you do get results, they don’t link directly to the images. They link to a PHP that redirects or something. Weird. This may be difficult. I’ll come back later. Hey, Shark Week’s on. What? Great white, beautiful fish. Nice. Leverett is a little better. They still make you search, but you can do an empty search and get links to pages with every student’s picture. It’s slightly obnoxious that they only let you view one picture at a time, and there’s no way I’m going to go to 500 pages to download pics one at a time. So it’s definitely necessary to break out Emacs and modify that Perl script. Done.

100 thoughts on “The Social Network (2010) – Hacking scene

  1. Like even the desktop environment was accurate… KDE 3.x with the keramik theme.. accurate for the timeframe depicted

  2. Let's be honest with ourselves. We all want to be guys in those houses with cute girls coming for parties every other weekend. Not Zuckerberg behind a desk.

  3. See this is way better than that .. beep boop bop green scripts on a black background , get past this firewall clicking random ass maps, facial recognition stuff swipe something – click random numbers and IM IN

  4. There are 2 types of people. Those partying on a Tuesday night, and those building things on a Tuesday night. The latter became a billionaire.

  5. Wait! How is this guy not in prison for hacking? I swear our country only does things to suit their needs. In addition, our country lacks ethics why? Because one-day hacking can be a crime and yet another day it can be legal. So they pull the strings or the plug on whoever they want.

  6. Who all have NOT actually have / had done these things @ School ? I mean, If you been to college, lived @ dorm and didnt do shits like this. you are a SHAME !!!

  7. So I'll come back 4 years later to understand what he did after completing my computer science degree…

  8. How is it hacking if he just downloads a bunch of publicly available photos and makes a website with them

  9. This scene in reality:
    >Slam bottle of beer down on desk.
    >Beer stars foaming up and overflows out of the bottle.
    >Beer gets underneath laptop and Zuck turns it off and chucks it into a box with some rice.

  10. When are we getting a second movie about how he is creating codes to ban and silence conservatives?

  11. I'm glad I bought this movie on BD years ago. On the right hand corner They charge twice what I paid to download it. I gave the movie 10/10 on IMDb.

  12. This movie actually made me initiate a tech startup and the funniest part is that I am a mechanical engineering graduate.

  13. See?

    The party is actually going on in cyberspace.

    Not at the Phoenix club.

    Because Marky Mark is a GENIUSSS YOO

  14. All those students doing E on a Tuesday night at Harvard… I promise you.. they got the low 10% of the university and are working normal jobs still paying off their loans till the day they die… Nothing wrong with partying but what steam are you blowing on a Tuesday? You better hit the book on Tuesday.

  15. Don’t get me wrong, King’s Speech was ok, but this movie was awesome. Should’ve won Best Picture (and Director)

  16. If i could…
    I’d stop him before he made facebook and sold us to the fbi and secret government for money

    Fuck Mark Z

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