The threat depicted in War Games has been both rebuked as impossible and highlighted as much closer to the realm of possibility than even the creators of the movie may have surmised. Regardless of the actual possibility of a creative mind breaking through the security of the North America Air Defense Command computer with an auto-dialing modem and the simple password "JOSHUA" the adventures of the curious "hackers" and the singularly-directed criminal have been widely publicized and have captured both the fear and respect of computer owners throughout the country.
Daniel R. Burk,
Virginia's Response to Computer Abuses: An Act in Five Crimes,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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