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“Leave the World Behind” makes cyber attacks look apocalyptic

In the 2023 Netflix release ‘Leave the World Behind,’ two families navigate a crumbling society during a cyber-attack on the US. The film, based on the novel of the same name, was written by director Sam Esmail. It offers a realistic portrayal of a country under cyber-attack.

The movie’s release coincided with a period of heightened awareness about cyberattacks. Those who have seen it might question how realistic a cyber-attack on an entire country would be.

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‘Leave the World Behind’ paints a grim picture of cyber attacks

The families are faced with a blackout on their devices starting with their cell phones, landlines and televisions. They lack access to the radio or internet for updates. Electric vehicles, including Teslas, veer out of control, a cargo ship is deliberately driven ashore and a passenger plane crashes due to the cyber-attack.

It was very interesting to see all the resources we rely on daily be helpless at a time when we may need them the most. It underscores society’s heavy dependence on technology and illustrates how our world could crumble without it.

Cybersecurity experts offered mixed reviews about the realism of the movie, with most saying an attack on such a large scale would be highly unlikely in our world today.

‘While it’s possible to hack systems on boats and planes and send fake navigation signals, most of these vessels still have the capability for the crew to take over if something seems amiss,’ said Jason Casey, CEO of Beyond Identity, in an interview with Bloomberg News.

A cyber security attack on a specific sector is not uncommon but targeting an entire country is considered far-fetched.

The movie sheds light on our reliance on technology and its inherent dangers. It’s an anxiety-inducing must-see for anyone curious about the potential capabilities of hackers.

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Tami-Ann Treasure
Tami-Ann Treasure, Opinion and Editorials Editor
Tami-Ann Treasure majors in Health Science and intends to pursue a career in law/psychology. She loves books and crime-based TV shows and hopes to become a number-one author. She is naturally exuberant and optimistic, always encouraging her friends and family to strive for excellence.
Ainsley Howard
Ainsley Howard, Staff Writer & Artist
Ainsley Howard is majoring in Journalism, which brought her to the Six Mile Post. When she is not working for SMP, she likes to read, research cryptids and unsolved mysteries, cook (and eat!), write poetry and short stories. She is quiet, introspective and a little shy, but very creative and intelligent. Ainsley strives not only to do her best in her work but also to uphold the standards of journalistic integrity and honesty other journalists have set before her.

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