Hacker Images are deliberately stereotypical staged photos of “hackers” with various aspects like darkness, zeroes and ones, one or more people wearing dark hoodies and/or sunglasses, lit only by their screens, and used in at least one article about the IndieWeb.
Hacker images Flickr prank
In the early 2010s, such a deliberately staged photo set https://www.flickr.com/groups/hacker-images/pool/ was placed on Flickr with a permissive license to see if news media would use them in articles, which they subsequently did, not knowing that the images were placed there deliberately for them to find and use.
E.g. this article:
Slate covered the "prank" itself:
- 2013-02: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/02/hacker_photos_how_hacker_dojo_pranked_wired_with_hilariously_stereotypical.html
Shutterstock hacker images
Subsequently there have been other similar images in the media, e.g. Shutterstock image used in these articles:
- 2014-10-08: http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/indieweb and
- 2021-06-24: https://www.techradar.com/in/news/is-telegram-the-new-alternative-to-the-dark-web
- 2019-10: Why hackers will always win, and what you can do so they don’t also uses a Shutterstock image:
- 2022-02-27 CNBC: These are the 20 most common passwords leaked on the dark web — make sure none of them are yours
- Whitepaper: Why Hackers Hack: It's Your Business To Care!
- 2022-03-31 KRON4: Apple, Meta turned over user data to hackers pretending to be law enforcement, report says
- 2023-03-01 How to Prevent Callback Phishing Attacks on Your Organization — hacking by phone (or phablet!) yet still in a dark hoodie:
Articles about hacker images
Articles about the phenomenon of stereotypical hacker images and stock photos:
(each of these also has even more over the top exaggerated photos to make their point)
- 2013-02: Slate covered the "prank" itself: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/02/hacker_photos_how_hacker_dojo_pranked_wired_with_hilariously_stereotypical.html
- 2017-05-15 Mashable: We need to talk about all these absurd stock photos of hackers / Black hoodie? Hands? Mystery? ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
- 2017-08-02 BBC: Why can't films and TV accurately portray hackers?
- 2018-11-26: What lies behind the stereotypical image of a controversial figure: the hacker?
- 2020-07-20 How computer security is depicted in movies and TV
- 2019-07-25 The sorry state of cybersecurity imagery
- 2020-01-10 Security Think Tank: Hooded hackers? More like ruthless competitors
- IndieWeb Example in the wild with Kevin Marks and Blaine Cook: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbiddulph/4116861374/
- tantek with 2 laptops https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/3071055422 https://www.flickr.com/photos/limbo/113518100 https://www.flickr.com/photos/mn_francis/114214585 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jennifermyronuk/90937012
- deep in the meta tags of js;dr article https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities-threats/lorenz-ransomware-smbs-mitel-voip-phone-systems