Yeah, Nmap has actually been in a surprising number of major movies.
I created the Nmap in the
page to document them with screen shots. The Matrix
Reloaded was the most exciting and really started the trend. I guess
the rest of Hollywood just followed along and decided that the command
shell was the new way to portray hacking, rather than ridiculous 3D
animated eye-candy scenes from the era of Hackers and Swordfish. So we
got Nmap in Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, etc.
I wanted to include a screen shot of Trinity hacking the Matrix
with Nmap for this book, but a then-potential publisher said I needed
permission from Time Warner first. It took many unanswered requests,
but Time Warner finally replied with basically "hell no, you IP
pirate!" Of course they phrased it politely like "we would love to
allow that, but our policies prohibit us from granting that
permission". Funny, they didn't mind using Nmap in their movie
without permission, credit, notification, etc. Then they say I can't
even include a screen shot of them using Nmap?
So I dumped the potential publisher and added the screen shots anyway (page 8)