“CSI: Cyber” Season 1 Episode 5 “Crowd Sourced” aired last Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the entire team raced against time in order to stop a hacker who used crowdsourcing and social media to his advantage to detonate a bomb. Along the way, old wounds resurfaced after they realized that some of the code used belonged to the very first Black Hat hacker that FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) ever recruited. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began at a movie theater. An usher found a bomb taped to a tablet under one of the theaters seats. After rushing out of the movie house, the counter ticked up to two hundred, which caused the bomb to detonate.
After collecting the phones of everyone present, ex-Black Hat hacker Brody Nelson (Shad Moss) and FBI Agent Daniel Krumitz (Charley Koontz) discovered that the bomber had used crowdsourcing and social media to his advantage because each time it the tablet paired up with a mobile device, the counter ticked up, and when that happened a text message was sent to that particular phone. However, there was no way for them to trace it back to the bomber as he had covered his tracks by placing a lot of malware.
Krumitz, FBI Special Agent Elijah Mundo (James Van Der Beek). Nelson then used the “Cave” to stitch all of the pictures and videos that had recorded the explosion together to figure out where the hard drive of the tablet had landed. Because of this, they were able to locate it inside one of the victims’ chest.
Afterwards, the bomber put up a video of the bombing on a website. He told the world that he was doing this so that people would stop being addicted to social media. He then announced that once that page had a million views, another bomb would detonate.
Brody and Krumitz worked furiously to take down the site, and managed to get to it. However, the site needed a login and a password. After showing it to Ryan, she immediately recognized the login screen’s symbol as the one that belonged to Tobin (Andrew Lawrence). He is the first Black Hat hacker that she had brought in under the FBI’s Cyber Division five years ago. However, he was currently in jail as he had been caught selling the FBI’s secrets to criminals.
There, Tobin tried to broker a deal with Ryan so that he would gain access to the prison’s library. After Ryan refused, he gave her the address of his deep web website. It contained all of his exploits, and the username and password of the hardening software that the bomber was currently using.
Back at the Cyber Threat Operation Center (CTOC), Nelson got in but kept on running into malware. Meanwhile, Mundo instructed ex-Black Hat hacker Raven Ramirez (Hayley Kiyoko) to clone the website in order to spread out the traffic. Krumitz managed to get some GPS coordinates as to where the bomber might be. However, when they got there, they discovered that it was a trap and barely made it out alive.
As the log in screen to where the password and the username were encrypted, Nelson and Avery went back to Tobin, who gave them the encryption that they needed. Afterwards, they realized that they couldn’t alter the website’s code as it had a digital dead man’s switch on it. However, thanks to the additional code that had just been added hours earlier, Mundo and his team managed to track down the bomber, whom they had no choice but to shoot down. However, the counter still kept ticking up.
They then realized that all of the data was being relayed to the bomb directly through an Internet Relay Chat room. It required a password which only Tobin knew as he had encrypted it, which forced Ryan to grant him library access. He then started having an asthma attack, which was stopped after another inhaler was brought to him.
Thanks to the password, they discovered that the bomber was targeting a concert that was being sponsored by a major cell phone company. As they had no time to defuse the bomb inside, Mundo drove off with Krumitz, who raced against time to hack into the system. They then tried to use Tobin’s codes in order to disable the ringer which would detonate the bomb. However, as this failed, Ryan ordered them to connect the tablet’s battery into the car starter in order to drain and shut down the tablet, which, thankfully, worked.
Afterwards, Ryan remembered the day that she had Tobin arrested for compromising the FBI’s mainframe. She was then interrupted by Nelson, who wondered why Tobin wanted access to the library. It turned out that he had used his inhaler to copy his exploits. It had been on the laptop that Nelson had brought in, on a near field communication device hidden inside his inhaler. He was going to dump it using the library’s router, but was caught just in time. Ryan then sent Tobin a note in which she said goodbye to him to his cell.
And that was all for the recap of “CSI: Cyber” Season 1 Episode 5 “Crowd Sourced”. For more news, updates and recaps on “CSI: Cyber” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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