Blog | Oh, God – Future World

Found by accident: One of my favorite songs and videos from the 80ies, „Future World“ by the „Pretty Maids“. The pefect blend of Mad Max, anger, fast driving and dystopian mindset. Rock on!

In case the video won’t play, try this link!

With Canon, You Can

Or indeed, with any camera. In Germany, there is an ongoing discussion about biometric data – how secure it is, how easy it is to be faked etc. The Chaos Computer Club has added a little spice to the discussion by fetching and sharing the fingerprint of our Minister Schäuble, arguing that „by Schäuble’s definition, there is no difference between the personal data of, say, a photograph, and a finger print“. So, the CCC says, all they did was publishing a „finger photo“ of the minister.

The story gets even more interesting as the same CCC openly publishes a way to reproduce fingerprints to fool fingerprint scanners. Like all things the CCC does, they openly share ways to exploit security loopholes for the sole purpose that people lose their naive belief that theere are technologies that are actually „fool proof“ (or misuse proof). If people (and juries) think that fingerprints cannot be faked, any person (including Mr. Schäuble or you) can be arrested and sentenced on the grounds of fingerprints collected as proof.

The CCC way to fake fingerprints is quite easy – collect them from any smooth surface like a drinking glass or a product glass touched in a supermarket, use superfast glue to make them visible, scan them, print them on foil, paste the foil with wood clue, cut the fingerprint and paste it to your finger – and it even fools „pay per fingerprint“ system like the ones from EDEKA (a seven-eleven variant here in Germany).

There is a TV video on Youtube showing how it works – and comments on that Youtube video are already suggesting using the minister’s fingerprints to go shopping (which MAY not be a wise move, considering that those EDEKA shops have camera surveillance, duh ;) ).

Well, that’s it for today’s episode of the brave new world we’re living in, and what dark futures we are drifting to (because: Edeka and the manufacturer of the pay-per-fingerprint systems have already stated that they still feel the system to be safe and that they do not have any plan to change or replace it).

Stay tuned for the next episode, and be sure to check out this article from Great Britain where some criminologists feel they can predict which kid has an above-average chance to become a criminal at a later age, urging the politicians to pass laws that will allow the collecting of DNA samples from five-year-olds. Ooh, the fun of Cyberpunk NOW.

For aspiring German Cyberpunks: Here’s a link to the CCC’s FAQ on „all things dark and cyberpunk“ (like online and cell phone security issues etc.). As the address to the FAQs ends with „lang=de“ I believe there should be a „lang=en“ version as well, but I sure don’t see much of a difference by entering the changed address ;)

Blog | DragonSkin Armor

For your next discussion about modern armor rules in Cyberpunk 2020.

Blog | MP7A1 SMG

The punch of an Assault rifle in SMG format (4.6mm).

Blog | One Huge Rifle

Remember the first GHOST IN THE SHELL movie and that huge rifle Bato used to take outthe crawler in the museum (and the other huge rifle the police used to stop the armored car on the highway)? Here it is:

Blog | Kaufbare Nachtsicht-Drohne gefällig?

Ja, ja, es gibt schon im hier und jetzt fernlenbare Drohnen. Alter Hut, Cyberpunk NOW usw. Aber: Wusstet ihr schon, dass es auch schon fernlenkbare Drohnen mit Nachtsichtgerät für schmales Geld und jeden gibt?

Die Drohne kostet unter 140,– Euro und ist hier erhältlich. Sie liefert Nachtsicht-IR-Bilder, die auf dem mitgelieferten LCD-Headset wiedergegeben werden. Im gleichen Shop sind übrigens auch supergünstig Bewegungsmelder, ein LCD-Headset Paar mit Tastatur-Armband zum cyberpunkigen Übermitteln von Textnachrichten und anderer interessanten „Cyberpunk NOW“ Kram erhältlich.

Blog | Im Fadenkreuz

Generation Z. Ein Cyberpunk NOW Rollenspiel auf d6 Basis. Noch Fragen? :o)