It overshadows the fact that lots of hackers are security professionals. They may dress differently, but they serve a critical function in the economy.
What’s harder -and more productive- would be a repository of stock assets of real-life hackers wearing -yes- hoodies, but also more formal attire. Some scenes may show dark rooms at night. Others will be in daytime offices.
If the media used the repository maybe it’d change the public’s perception. Maybe it would show aspiring hackers -boys and girls- that we’re just like them, and that if they work hard they could join our ranks.
In a few weeks, I’ll be in Las Vegas for Blackhat and Defcon with many of you. If there’s enough interest, I’ll hire a photographer for a few hours to build up our portfolio of stock photos. It should be a fun time. Get in touch with me if you’d be interested in contributing.
I poured through dozens of truly awful and hilarious photos while writing this blog post. Here are some of my favorites that I stumbled upon from around the net:
I have met DAOAttacker and can confirm this is what they look like:
Play a hacker on TV, become a hacker in real life:
One of my favorite novelty Twitter accounts:
In some cases, bad stock photography can be physically harmful:
What are you favorite hacker stock photos? Leave a comment below.