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Videogame Deus Ex cribs from UW/UMass/Harvard 2008 Oakland paper!

From the “any publicity is good publicity” department …

The game developers of Deus Ex have lifted text from the Oakland 2008 paper “Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators:  Software Radio Attacks and Zero-Power Defenses” for their dystopian video game shoot up.

Check out a Deus Ex screenshot here.  Compare it to the highlighted section of the research paper here.  And, for those of you who are researchers rather than gamers, check out the Medical Device Security Center website here.

The Oakland paper was co-authored by Daniel Halperin and Yoshi Kohno (University of Washington), Thomas S. Heydt-Benjamin, Benjamin Ransford, Shane S. Clark, Benessa Defend, Will Morgan, and Kevin Fu (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and William H. Maisel (BIDMC and Harvard Medical School).

September 2, 2011