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It's difficult to overstate the connectedness the internet age has brought on. Whether it's reading our heartbeat on a smartwatch or trading stocks with a few clicks, every aspect of modern life is now digital. Norton — the premier name in digital security — is unveiling the dark and fascinating world of cybercrime in its new documentary series "In Search of the Most Dangerous Town on the Internet." Situated in central Romania, the remote city of Râmnicu Vâlcea isn't a likely candidate for one of the world's hacking capitals. Home to eBay scammers, master NASA hackers and undercover cybercrime cops Râmnicu Vâlcea is the portal to a web of digital intrigue.
MDT dives headfirst into the hacking city only to find that the entire country of Romania is a hotbed of hacking thanks to the combination of the fall of communism, access to computers, and a highly educated population with little domestic opportunity. Following petty scammers, black hats, white hats and everything in between, MDT pulls back the curtain on the global digital security threat that thrives throughout Romania. The documentary illustrates that knowledge is the first step to digital protection imploring us to "go boldly, not blindly."