Cory Doctorow has put his new book, “Little Brother” online. He’s so good I had to add him to my list of Cyberpunk writers (see sidebar).
young adult novel about hacker kids who use technology to reclaim the Bill of Rights from the DHS after a terrorist attack on San Francisco.
Also to be found on the website:
Netrunning is allready a business. Big business. Reuters reports that in a trial Christopher Tarnovsky, a hacker, received quite a few handfulls of dollar to hack a rival satellite tv system. The victim claims that the software was to be used to diminish the gain of the victim by selling or distributing a pirated copy of the smartcard. The attacker, News Corp, claims it was only “reverse-engineering” to “look how it works”.
News Corp is a massive corp, owning tv stations like FOX, newspapers, movie studios and book publishers.
I used exactly this setup in a game back in the ’90s. Now I’m feeling both prophetic and old.
But reality -unlike our game- doesn’t stop where it gets ridiculous (taken from the same article):
Tarnovsky said[:] “Someone is trying to set me up.”
DISH attorney Chad Hagan asked, “This is all a big conspiracy?”
“Yes,” Tarnovsky answered. He conceded that he constructed a device called “the stinger” that could communicate with any smart card in the world.