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New C4 show fakes disappearance
Hunted? More hype than substance

The Cyber Security firm behind a new Channel 4 show has revealed some of the secrets behind the series in which volunteers try to avoid being found by the show’s trackers.

Cyber security experts from India’s NCC Group in Mumbai who are taking part in the new Channel 4 series say it explores the twin themes of privacy and online security.

The programme, called Hunted, claims to “explore the reach of the state’s surveillance powers by challenging ordinary people to see if they can outwit and outrun a team of expert professional hunters.”

But actually the programme has nothing to do with State Surveillance and is all about how private citizens can track each other. And even the title – Hunted – was taken from a BBC TV drama a year earlier.

NCC Group s team of cyber security experts were tasked with tracking the fugitives using specialist technology and techniques.

But they revealed that the “runners” were chosen because they had already left ample clues about themselves all over social media – thereby invalidating the entire premise of the show.

Paul Vlissidis, technical director at NCC Group, headed up the group s cyber security team that worked on the show.

He said it was fascinating to see the lengths that the fugitives went to when trying to go off grid.

Vlissidis added: People don t realise how much of their personal information is out there for the whole world to see. Disappearing is not as easy as you would think, especially when most people tend to reveal some of their innermost secrets on social media for the whole world to see.

The first episode of the series will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm on 10 September.

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