Hacker Stock Photos

Hacker Stock Photos

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Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 03:23PM EST by Brad.

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Hacker Stock Photos are a variety of licensed images depicting cyber-criminals in action, typically in an overdramatized or oversimplified fashion. Most often used as a generic visual aid in articles and publications about hacking-related news, this subset of stock photo cliches has become a popular subject of online parodies due to their hyperbolic interpretation of how computer hacking works.

Origin

While difficult to pinpoint, the earliest known appearance of a hacker stock image in a news article dates back to 2008 in a CBS News report about the vandalism of Epilepsy Foundation's official website with seizure-inducing images.


By CBSNEWS AP May 8, 2008, 10:39 AM Epilepsy Site Hacked With Seizure Images 01101101110011 L 00100110001100 01101101011011 01011011 01011011 0100 111 1001000010010000 110110110101101t00011011010110 HACKERS I 0 1001 000100100 00100101011001010110010101100 0110110111001 ( 01110011 00110001100 00100110001100I101 Hackers/Man at computer, Binary code, with the word hackers/AP / CBS

Spread

In the following years, usage of hacker stock photos became increasingly frequent as the coverage of cybercrimes continued to grow in technology journalism, heavily fueled by the emergence of Anonymous hacktivism and other faceless hacking collectives, beginning with Operation Lulzsec. On August 1st, 2011, BoingBoing ran an article titled "Hacker Stock Art" with a compilation of awkward and cliched stock photographs used in tech journalism. In December 2011, Sad and Useless ran a similar compilation in a post titled "What Hackers Look Like According to Stock Photo Sites." On September 26th, 2013, BuzzFeed published an article titled "All These People Are “Computer Hackers” According To Getty Images."

Various Examples


SADANDUSELESS.COM 182355 82355 ㄇㄧ VIRUS INTRUDER 23280CRACKER SPYWARE 2328 1O0 11 11 IDENTITYii PASSWORD ㄩ le! UNSAFE 155432 HEFT HACKER -기니 31232
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