Backdoors are NOT secrets

  • War Games is a 1983 American cult-classic written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes.

 The film stars a young-looking Matthew Broderick, alongside the lovely Ally Sheedy. 



    Other actors include Dabney Coleman, John Wood and Barry Corbin (of Northern Exposure fame).

    Broderick, aka David Lightman, is a young hacker who inadvertently accesses WOPR, a military (NORAD) computer tasked with running nuclear war simulations.

    Believing he is just playing a game, Lightman asks WOPR to load a title known as Global Thermonuclear War.

    Unbeknownst to Lightman, the game causes a national nuclear missile alert and nearly kicks off World War III. 

    Background:

    War Games is considered one of the most influential and popular hacker movies of the 20th century. 



    It has won numerous accolades, and was the topic of a 2008 Google symposium that paid homage to the film and its talented creators.