I was watching Alias last night, and I realized just what a hacker/geek-fest this show is becoming. Here are some details from the plot last night:
A computer worm is spreading across the globe, specifically targeting hospitals. It turns out that it’s searching databases of DNA (do these exist?) for a specific match.
My boy Marshall manages to find the hacker on an IRC channel and finds out that he’s going to be in a club in Berlin. Too bad no one knows what he looks like.
Never fear — Marshall was able to detect the MAC address of the wireless card the hacker uses in his PDA. Sydney and Vaughn go to the club and use special sunglasses to detect the PDA and then send the hacker a message by what I think was a case of bluejacking.
The hacker gets shot (truth be told — anyone within a 100 foot radius of Sydney usually gets shot at some point), but manages to pass Vaughn a USB Flash drive that contains the code of the worm. Sydney and Vaughn then decrypt the code to try and stop the worm before it kills everyone…or something (I kind of lost track here).
This isn’t the first time they’ve geeked out. There have been numerous other geek references in the show, including the use of Trillian, which has got to be a first for prime time. If you’re a geek and your Sunday nights are a little slow, check this show out.