Nice Try, Quantico, But That’s Not How Hacking Works

The TV thriller Quantico, which centers around a group of FBI recruits and a terrorist attack at Grand Central Station in New York City, is a highly glamorized take on FBI life. So it’s not surprising that the series is a little confused about all things technical and frequently pushes the boundaries of what could possibly happen—even if you suspend your sense of disbelief. This week’s episode, “Over,” looks at what happens after a hacker breaks into the FBI’s servers and leaks all of its internal documents online. Here’s what Quantico got right—unfortunately, it wasn’t much—and some of its less plausible takes on how a hack of this scale would work.

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