I’ve been creating security and privacy awareness training for years, and I am always in the hunt for good stock photos to illustrate these issues. I thought I’d share with you some of the most ridiculous ones I’ve come across.
For the past four years, I’ve posted just the funniest hacker stock photos, but this year, I thought I’d broaden the focus and include more privacy and security topics. Without further delay, here they are . . .
This guy might be one of the creepiest hackers I’ve ever seen.
And, he’s part of a new Las Vegas musical act called “Hacker Man Group”
Hacker Stock Photo #2
I am quite confused about why this hacker needs a magnifying glass if he’s wearing a virtual reality headset. How does he even see the magnifying glass? I guess this is a twist on The Matrix, as he appears to have the powers to warp time and space.
It’s time for a third installment of the funniest hacker stock photos. Because I create information security awareness training (and HIPAA security training too), I’m always in the hunt for hacker photos. There are so many absurd ones that I can make enough Funniest Hacker Stock Photo posts to keep pace with Disney in making new Star Wars movies!
So without further ado, here are this year’s pictures:
Hacker Stock Photo #1
This hacker hacks the Amish way — without the use of technology or electricity. Who needs a computer when a good old magnifying glass will suffice? The key to this technique is to be very sneaky. For seasoned hackers who steadfastly believe in doing things the old-fashioned way, this is how it is done! As this hacker says: “Yes, grandson, we had to walk six miles in the snow and hack with magnifying glasses . . . you young folks have it so easy these days!”
Hacker Stock Photo #2
Why use just one magnifying glass when you can use two? Magnifying glasses are really important to read tiny text on computer screens. Figuring out how to enlarge the font in Windows can be tricky, and good hackers figure out “hacks” to make things faster and easier.
Hacker Stock Photo #3
I’m not entirely sure what this guy is doing, but I presume that he’s so good of a hacker than he can hack with the screen facing in the wrong direction. The only problem is that there’s nothing on his computer screen — I think he needs to stop smiling and start working a bit harder.
Hacker Stock Photo #4
In an earlier edition of this series, I commented extensively on hacker gloves. In this edition, it’s time to turn to the masks hackers wear. I’ve always wondered why so many hackers wear masks. Isn’t a good hacker supposed to be hard to trace? After extensive research, I have learned that hackers wear masks because when they hack from halfway across the world and try to conceal their tracks, they might somehow mess up and accidentally expose their faces from their webcams. Or, maybe it’s just a fashion statement. I still have more research to do about this very important question — I’m just waiting for some funding to support this important research.
Regarding the mask above, it’s part of a new trend. Ordinary hackers wear ninja masks, but that’s starting to become a bit passe among hacker fashion experts. Trend leaders are wearing much more elaborate masks these days.
I’ve gone through hundreds of hacker stock photos, and I’ve discovered some that are so absurdly funny that they are true classics and deserve to be celebrated in a hall of fame. So I bought some of these gems to share them with you — because if there’s any sense of justice in the universe, when so much thought, creativity, and effort goes into a stock photo, it deserves to be sold.