Review: Rivolta

Rivolta is a 20 minute documentary film about Michael Calce who is also the well known Canadian hacker ‘MafiaBoy’ who launched one of the biggest distributed denial of service attacks that took down sites like Yahoo and eBay at age 15. The documentary is extremely well paced and walks through the life of Calce with him as narrator. He stars from how he got into computers to how he executed this epic hack and along the way he is able to convey to viewers complex topics such as social engineering with ease. On top of that the music that’s used in the documentary is top notch and adds to the overall vibe of the movie. The net result is that viewers will see that the Internet wasn’t a safe place when he pulled off this hack in the early 2000’s, and he illustrates that it’s not a safe place now as what he did to pull off these hacks hasn’t changed all that much.

Directed by Academy Award nominated director Huber Davis, Rivolta made its world premiere at the Hot Docs Film festival in Toronto. If you’re in Toronto, there will be one more showing of the film on Sunday May 7th at 6PM. If you have 20 minutes to spare, I’d recommend that you watch this film.

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2 Responses to “Review: Rivolta”

  1. […] service attack back in the early 2000’s. It’s a great 20 minute film which I reviewed here that will make you rethink how secure we are from a digital […]

  2. […] exist in our current technology. This continues a trend started with the short film Rivolta that I reviewed […]

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