PlotBenjamin Engel, a hacker from Berlin, is sitting in an interrogation room with Hanne Lindberg, the leader of the Cyber Division of Europol. Hanne states that Benjamin asked for her to interrogate him and that he has information regarding FRI3NDS, a notorious hacking group connected to the Russian cyber mafia, and MRX, an infamous hacker known around Darknet, and tells her that he could give them both to Hanne if he listens to her. Having no choice, Hanne sits down.
Benjamin recalls how he is like a superhero, having the right conditions: like many heroes, he has no parents; he never met his father, who left before his birth, and his mother committed suicide when he was 8. He lives alone with his ailing grandmother. He regards his "superpower" as invisibility, since he was unnoticed during his entire school career due to him being socially awkward. However, he had a gift for programming and started hacking when he was 14; spending his time on Darknet and meeting his hacking hero,...
Benjamin Engel, a hacker from Berlin, is sitting in an interrogation room with Hanne Lindberg, the leader of the Cyber Division of Europol. Hanne states that Benjamin asked for her to interrogate him and that he has information regarding FRI3NDS, a notorious hacking group connected to the Russian cyber mafia, and MRX, an infamous hacker known around Darknet, and tells her that he could give them both to Hanne if he listens to her. Having no choice, Hanne sits down.
Benjamin recalls how he is like a superhero, having the right conditions: like many heroes, he has no parents; he never met his father, who left before his birth, and his mother committed suicide when he was 8. He lives alone with his ailing grandmother. He regards his "superpower" as invisibility, since he was unnoticed during his entire school career due to him being socially awkward. However, he had a gift for programming and started hacking when he was 14; spending his time on Darknet and meeting his hacking hero, MRX. However, he was unable to attend university and had to employ himself as a pizza delivery boy to pay the bills. One night, he delivers to a group of students, including a girl named Marie, who is he smitten with. Hearing her having trouble with exams, he decides to hack into the university servers to download exam results, but he is caught by a security guard and arrested. Having no criminal record, he is forced to perform community service as a punishment.
While working on cleaning the streets, he meets Max, a fellow hacker, the opposite of Benjamin; charismatic, cocky and confident. He explains the concept of social engineering as the greatest form of hacking, and after proving himself as a hacker, introduces him to his colleagues: Stephan and Paul. They decide to form a hacking group, called "Clowns Laughing At You", nicknamed CLAY, and they use Benjamin's house as a base of operations, since Benjamin was forced to send his grandmother to a nursing home due to her Alzheimer's disease. They cause general mayhem around Berlin in a form of pranking, becoming popular around social media. However, MRX, with whom is Max obsessed, mocks them outright. Infuriated, Max wants to perform a more outrageous feat of hacking, and Benjamin suggest hacking the main building of BND. Impressed by this outrageous idea, the group agrees with Benjamin and decide to hack the BND in order to impress MRX.
Using dumpster diving and phishing to gain access to the BND building, they manage to hack the internal servers and hack the printers to print their logo titled "NO SYSTEM IS SAFE" all around the building, impressing MRX. However, when they go to a club and celebrate, Benjamin notices Max kissing Marie. Infuriated, Benjamin refuses to let them in the house, also offending Marie when she visits him due to his anger. Feeling inferior, he secretly contacts MRX, offering him valuable info; database from BND's private servers, in which he hacked in while he was in the BND building, which impresses MRX. When the group arrives the next day, Benjamin is still furious, and attacks Max; who responds by beating him up. However, Paul, watching the TV, hears on the news that one of the members of FRI3NDS, nicknamed Krypton, was murdered. Benjamin admits that he gave the info from the BND to MRX, and after checking them, realizes that the info identified Krypton as a double agent working with Hanne to expose MRX and FRI3NDS, and CLAY is now labeled as a terrorist group for hacking the info.
Seeking to clear their name for the murder, Benjamin contacts MRX, who instructs them to hack into the Europol database in exchange for MRX's identity, giving them a hacking tool to help. After dissolving their hard drives in acid to erase data, they travel to The Hague to Europol's headquarters in order to try and break their way in, but it's impossible to find a way inside: they dump their trash in secured building, the sewers are locked, and phishing attempts failed. However, while checking out the building, Benjamin notices a group of scholars visiting the building, and one of them drops his visitor card; using Max's advice about social engineering, Benjamin manages to gain access to the building by fooling a guard and plants a hacking device inside. He then hacks into the internal Europol servers and provides MRX with an entrance; secretly encoded inside a double trojan horse so MRX will be exposed when he tries to gain access. However, MRX, anticipating this, takes a snapshot of Benjamin via his webcam, exposing him. Benjamin is forced to flee when a group of Russian mobsters find him; he evades them in the subway.
Benjamin returns to the hotel where he was staying with the trio, only to find them murdered. Having no other choice and knowing that FRI3NDS would kill him, he decided to turn himself in to Hanne, proving that he is serious after stating that he hacked her profile and learned personal information about her. Hanne, who was suspended for her failure to capture them and is desperate to apprehend FRI3NDS AND MRX, agrees to put Benjamin into a witness protection program in exchange for capturing them; Benjamin logs in as MRX himself and spreads lies about MRX being a snitch, forcing the real MRX to force his way into the Darknet servers with unsafe methods, allowing Benjamin to expose him; MRX is exposed as 19-year old American man from New York, whom the FBI arrests in a coffee shop.
However, after agreeing to give Benjamin the witness exchange program for him, Hanne notices a wound going through his palm (the same wound that Max got after running a nail through his hand), and realizes that Max, Stephan and Paul are all made up characters. Distraught, she visits Benjamin's doctor, who states that his mother had multiple personality disorder and committed suicide because of it, learning that it can be genetically passed. She connects various plot holes in Benjamin's story and realizes that ''he'' alone was CLAY: he committed all the atrocities, he hacked into the BND alone, and he planted the WWII bullets from his grandmothers in the hotel to make it look like they were killed, imagining the trio due to his illness. Hanne confronts Benjamin, who has an emotional breakdown, as people with mental disorders cannot be given witness protection. However, Hanne changes her mind and allows him access to the witness protection program, revealed to be an ''actual'' program containing information about all citizens of Germany; Benjamin changes his identity here. Hanne, dropping Benjamin off, states that she let him go because he truly wants to stay invisible, and lets him go on the condition that he never hacks again.
Benjamin, now sporting a blonde hair, is standing alone on a cruise ship heading north. However, he is suddenly joined by Marie, Max, Stephan and Paul. In narration, Benjamin states that he performed "the greatest social engineering hack" ever; the scene shifts back to Benjamin going back to the hotel, finding the guys alive and well; he instructs them to flee since MRX knows his identity, but they refuse to leave him behind. After Marie visits them and confirms that mentally ill subjects cannot be granted witness protection, they devise a plan for Benjamin to go to Hanne and dictate the story, deliberately giving plot holes which she will most likely dechiper, and then using her grief for him in order to give him access to the witness protection program, and also spiking his hand with a nail to make the story seem truthful. In the server room, it was revealed that Benjamin didn't change his identity, he ''erased'' it completely. Benjamin states that Hanne will eventually realize his deception, but she won't hunt him down as she got what she wanted. Indeed, at a press conference announcing the defeat of FRI3NDS AND MRX, Hanne, having an epiphany, smiles as she realizes the truth.
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