On the heels of one of the biggest hacking scandals in U.S. corporate history, the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, Syfy is putting in development Hackers, a reality series, “which will take viewers deep inside the shadowy and dangerous world of high-tech hackers.” It comes from Relativity Television, which is behind another series about cyber dangers, MTV’s Catfish, based on the documentary film.
According to the network, Hackers will reveal the secrets behind the most infamous cyber-crimes ever committed, using sophisticated, digital graphics to create an experiential “hacking” scene that exposes what actually happens when a computer network is broken into – including what goes on inside the mind of the hacker. Each episode of Hackers will focus on the true stories — ripped from the headlines — of real-life hackers who turned entire industries upside down, featuring interviews with both the actual perpetrators and the law enforcement agents who tracked them down. The episodes will include profiles of the hacker, who will reveal how they committed the crime, from trolling the Internet to rooting out vulnerabilities inside the company websites.
Judging by the series description, the lineup is unlikely to include the Sony hack, at least not for now, as no specific perpetrators in the crime have been named yet beyond FBI’s claim that North Korea was behind the attack and hacker group Lizzard Squad’s claim that they’d played a small part in the operation.
Executive producing Hackers are Relativity TV’s Tom Forman and Brad Bishop.