Few weeks ago I wrote on my blog Do you know this old TV Series about a hacker?. From the other side of the world Niko found the answer. This TV series called "Bastard (1989)" had started my fascination with computers decades ago.
|Der Bastard (TV mini-series 1989)|
Niko found my blog post using google search engine and wrote this comment.
I remember watching this show as a kid in the 80's in Slovek TV, dubbed in slovak.
I remember a scene, where the main character is trying to hack into a computer with his Commodore 64 ans a vintage modem. As he tries to guess the password, he types in "bastard" and it works.
I think we're talking about the same show - because the dog in the main title is a bastard...
Gee I would LOVE to see it again, I just remembered it today and started googling... that's how I stumbled upon your blog.
As kids we knew about Brute-force attack. I used the method to guess our parents long distance Subscriber trunk dialing (STD) unlock code. Niko remembered the key detail of the show and correct password 'bastard' (amazing Niko!). Ten minutes later he found complete information about the TV show including the title track and few scenes from the TV show .
I found the show!!! It was called BASTARD, it was german, shot for the WDR german tv station.
there is an article in Der Spiegel magazine (in german) about the show here: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-13495823.html
and this should be the title song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtI1Toq-N1A
And this is the imdb page for the series although the picture is not the right one I think... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096541.
Paul David, computer expert and ingenious hacker, is caught in the electronic meshes of a international data network and is confronted with criminals operating behind the scenes of a worldwide organisation, which uses the most modern communication technology for cleverly coordinated, criminal actions. Then Paul is suspected of double murder. When desperately trying to escape the noose he is surrounded by more and more people who obviously have the same aim in common: to catch him in a lethal trap. Only Dettmar Mushaake, expert for computer crime from the regional police department, seems to be on Paul's side - and, of course, Diddle, a mongrel who is anything but a lapdog. He tracks down ambushes, delivers messages and leads Paul's pursuers astray.
You can download full information about the show here.
Perhaps I should write to Bavaria Media Television to let them know that they have a cult classic, They might even consider a DVD release. :)