During last week’s episode of Mr. Robot (watch 208 now) we witnessed the potential, sort of disbanding of the one and only hacker revolutionary group and social justice warriors enemies of the establishment/status quo/1% fsociety. Since, you know, basically all of its members are no longer available for further hacking adventures. Romero is dead. Mobley and Trenton possibly met at Ron’s Coffee to leave town. Elliot is maybe being released from jail but he hasn’t been yet. Darlene should probably go into hiding for a bit after killing Susan Jacobs and hitting her Dark-Army-affiliated boyfriend in the head with a baseball bat. And as we learned last year Mr. Robot/Christian Slater is simply Elliot’s hallucination of his dead dad/Elliot’s OTHER persona.
But man, while fsociety lasted it was pretty sweet, right? They got a lot of stuff accomplished and truly changed the world. Not sure if it was for the better or for the worse… but they sure did change it! They also took down numerous tyrants and performed some extremely impressive hacking feats and transformed a couple of super rad locations into their headquarters. In honour of fsociety, let’s take a look back at all of their cool, brilliant, impossible, illegal achievements.
They hacked E Corp and infected a server
Remember back in the season one days when Elliot didn’t know that he was Mr. Robot and he thought that wasn’t him messaging himself? Remember when fsociety messed up E Corp’s system with the DDos attack and Elliot had to pretend to save the day when he worked at Allsafe but really he was giving fsociety more access to more servers? Remember when Terry Colby was condescending to Angela and made her leave that meeting? REMEMBER? It was our first interaction with the tech-savvy, coding vigilantes but it definitely wasn’t our last.
They framed Terry Colby for the hack, get him fired and arrested by the FBI
Also, remember when they placed all of the blame for the hack on the very evil Terry Colby by planting his IP address in the .dat file? Then he lost his job at E Corp as Chief Technology Officer (which Tyrell Wellick for sure thought he was a shoe-in for) and was charged with a bunch of crimes he didn’t commit? Remember how warm and fuzzy you felt seeing all that?
They planted the Raspberry Pi in Steel Mountain
I will admit I still do not fully grasp what a Raspberry Pi is (the internet tells me it’s a tiny little powerful computer) but I do grasp how important this mission was and how exquisitely Elliot delivered. He planted that Raspberry Pi in the storage room where Evil Corp was storing their backups in order to mess with with the heating system and destroy their backups. Damn.
They finally followed through with the Five/Nine attack
Then came the moment we had all been waiting for. The legendary, history-changing, 1% vanquishing, E Corp defeating, turns out not so great, Five/Nine Hack. It all went down in on May, 2015 (anniversary of Elliot’s dad’s death) and in collaboration with the Dark Army. They intended for the hack to eliminate financial records and re-distribute wealth in the United States while dismantling the giant conglomerate that is E Corp and they did do some of that. Although, unfortunately E Corp is still up and running. Don’t get me wrong. Fsociety caused a lot of trouble for them but they didn’t put them out of business and they also simultaneously caused trouble for working class and middle-class Americans who now can’t pay their bills or purchase food.
They took over Susan Jacob’s smart apartment
Then, of course, after the Five/Nine hack they had to dispose of all evidence so they threw a giant End of the World party, burned their equipment, and ditched their precious arcade (which was lucky considering that agent Dom discovered its whereabouts soon after). They then set up their headquarters at the malfunctioning abode of Susan “The Executioner” Jacobs, an E Corp lawyer who Darlene later kills with a stun gun to the chest after she unexpectedly returns home. Before all of that happened, their hacking of her tech-heavy apartment was just hilarious.
They forced Scott Knowles to burn 5.9 million dollars
This scheme didn’t do a whole lot beyond costing E Corp way more money and garnering serious negative media attention and make them look like raving lunatics. But, regardless, it was one heck of an image watching a panicked Scott Knowles set fire to that cash with the fsociety mask on. That is a glorious, revolutionary, punk-rock social justice stunt at its finest.
They dropped the balls of the Wall Street bull through the ceiling of Congress
This also didn’t do a whole lot but boy did we all laugh when it happened. What a chuckle I had.
They successfully hacked into the FBI
Then there was this magnificent hack orchestrated by the wide-eyed Angela with Darlene and Mobley in her ear. She learned to code in a day and managed to infiltrate the gridlocked systems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I mean come ON. Who knew that Elliot’s sweet, blonde childhood friend was capable of pulling off such an epic hack like this? She even got a date out of it along the way and picked up a new skill too. Girls CAN code. Take that, sexism!
They informed the world that the FBI is illegally monitoring 3 million civilians
And then that hack led to them sharing the FBI’s dirty little operation “Berenstain” secret with the entire world of the internet and getting them in deep, deep trouble with their superiors. Another win for fsociety.
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