Julian Assange is one of the most significant figures of the twenty-first century. But before he was famous, before Wikileaks, before the internet even existed, he was a teenage computer hacker in Melbourne. This is his story.
Starring Anthony LaPaglia and Rachel Griffiths, Underground begins in 1989 with Mendax, Julian Assange and two friends in a group called the International Subversives. Using early home computers and defining themselves as white hat hackers those who look but do not steal they break into some of the worlds most powerful and secretive organisations. They are young, brilliant and in the eyes of the US Government, a major threat to national security.
At the urging of the FBI, the Australian Federal Police set up a special taskforce to catch them. But when most Australian police have never seen a computer, let alone used one, they have to figure out where to begin.
Police ingenuity and old-fashioned detective work are pitted against nimble, highly skilled young men in this new crime frontier. What follows, is a tense and gripping game of cat and mouse through the electronic underground of Melbourne.
This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.