BOM – Chaos Computer Club

BOM – Chaos Computer Club

15th November 2014 - 1st March 2015

BOM (Birmingham Open Media), Birmingham


BOM has announced the first exhibition by notorious hacker group the Chaos Computer Club as its inaugural show.

Since its inception in 1981, the CCC has gained recognition as Europe’s largest and most influential network of hackers, which describes itself as “a galactic community of life forms, independent of age, sex, race or societal orientation, which strives across borders for freedom of information….”

The CCC became world famous in 1985 when they debited DM 134,000 from a Hamburg bank through the German Bildschirmtext computer network (a precursor to online banking systems). The money was transferred back the following day in front of the press, to draw attention to the system’s major security flaws.

Since then the CCC has lead a series of high profile campaigns exposing issues with computer security. They were associated with the first ever cyber espionage case to make international headlines in 1989, were the first to clone GSM cards and just last year hacked Apple’s iPhone 5S  fingerprint sensor within two days of its release.

The exhibition at BOM brings together CCC members from Berlin and Birmingham to develop a provocative new series of artworks, highlighting issues with security and surveillance. Berlin-based hacker Starbug has collaborated with Birmingham-based artists Lily Wales and Leon Trimble to create interactive installations that show how easily personal data is exposed through our everyday use of technology.

This programme is supported by the Goethe Institut, London.

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