Season 19, Episode 10 Hackers

First Aired: February 14, 2001

A primer on Internet vulnerability explores how hackers can break into personal, corporate and government computers, and charts some of the damage they've caused. Producer Neil Docherty reviews notorious cases (including that of a Florida 16-year-old who broke into NASA's computer system); visits a hackers convention; and interviews Government Accounting Office technologist Keith Rhodes, who tested the computer systems of 26 government agencies. How successful was his team at breaking into them? “We were always successful,” Rhodes says.