The Eighth Movie-Plot Threat Contest

For 8 years now Bruce Schneier has run a Movie-Plot Threat contest on his blog. The idea is that people submit short elevator pitches for a movie based around some silly, incredibly specific, threat of terrorism or cybercrime. The idea is essentially to poke fun at the sort of threats you hear trotted out in the war on terror and other things. This is the 8th year and I thought some of the writers that read this would be in a good place to pitch an idea.

This years contest has the following criteria

This is the contest: I want a movie-plot threat that shows the evils of encryption. (For those who don’t know, a movie-plot threat is a scary-threat story that would make a great movie, but is much too specific to build security policies around. Contest history here.) We’ve long heard about the evils of the Four Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse — terrorists, drug dealers, kidnappers, and child pornographers. (Or maybe they’re terrorists, pedophiles, drug dealers, and money launderers; I can never remember.) Try to be more original than that. And nothing too science fictional; today’s technology or presumed technology only.

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The prize is signed copies of anniversary editions of