Project and Staff Updates

Heyo!

In order for people to have an official place where they can get updates on series and other changes we’ll start a series of posts here on the website homepage. We aren’t exactly sure yet how often we’ll write them. Might be something like bi-weekly or just when there has been any change.

Let’s start off with staff updates:

Some time ago we made a r/manga post saying that we are recruiting for redrawers and we are happy to report that a ton of people applied and now the redrawing team is looking very strong again! Namely our new fresh meat for the Redrawing meatgrinder are:
Mistral (Mousou Telepathy, Talentless Nana)
– Hazari (Kumika no Mikaku)
Tacizewik (Souboutei must be Redrawn)
Of course there aren’t only new Redrawers. As of yesterday poii joined us as a translator for a new series we are starting. More on that later.
Thanks to all of you for your applications. It’s really great to see how many people are willing to help out. Of course also a big welcome to all the new people! I hope you have as much fun with scanlation as we are having.

Sadly we also have to announce a few people leaving Helvetica due to real life getting busier. Of course, this is a rather normal thing in scanlation and most of these people are constantly on the verge of joining back up with us again once things settle down but especially the loss of our great and illustrious leader Stephen and our fantastic Webmaster PaleLebouf.
Of course Helvetica doesn’t exactly need leading but all official matters that need to be taken care of are now handled by milnivek, iZN and myself, Newspage.
We thank them and all the others who left us in the last few months for all their hard work and we hope they’ll stay with us for much longer on our public Discord. Scanlations isn’t just about losing staff members but also about losing friends.

Let’s continue with project updates:

As of right now Helvetica has 10 running projects:
– Battle in 5 Seconds After Meeting
– Curiosity Killed the Schoolgirl
– Kings’ Viking
– Kumika no Mikaku
– Mousou Telepathy
– Please Take My Brother Away
– Souboutei Must Be Destroyed
– Talentless Nana
– Ten Thousand Kinds of Love
– And various One-Shots

All of these series are doing fine and are on a semi-regular release schedule. Of course we apologize for our inconsistency. Quite a few staff members have pretty busy lives which leads to some tasks being done later than any of us wants them to but that’s just how things go sometimes.

The following projects are halted, be it just temporarily or for a longer amount of time:
– Boku Girl
– Kalyx
– My Alien Days

A special status among halted projects have Kusanagi-Sensei is Being Tested and Wonder Cat Kyuu-chan. Both series were on a trial run by the publisher twi4. While we know that Kyuu-chan is confirmed to be continued sometime this April, we have no information on the status of Kusanagi-Sensei. So for now assume that this series is not being continued by twi4.

Last but not least let’s talk about a new project:

As I mentioned above poii joined to help us translate a very special series that I personally wanted to do for a long time now.

Sing, Erinna!

This series is also a daily 4koma published on twi4. It has already been completed with 116 chapters. The physical volume comes out this month so we’ll start working on it once we get the raws in.
It’s about an all-girl poet school in ancient Greece, heavily embedded in history, a lot of ancient Greek lore and an adorable plot that might or might not also be a bit yuri. The Mangaka is a professional Lyre player and did this series on the side because she wanted to share her fascination with ancient Greece. Look forward to it!

That should be all for today. If you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to answer as soon as possible.

Have a great day!

King’s Viking ATM arc

IT Support

This page is mostly thinking aloud / discussing what is actually going on in the technical side of Kings Viking in the ATM arc. Word of warning: I’m not a professional in this field, so take everything with a grain of salt. The broad overview is that the VPN server the ATM uses to connect to the bank is extremely outdated and full of vulnerabilities, allowing a hacker to exploit it and conduct unauthorized transactions. Going into more technical detail… It would seem that the hacker spoofed the entire network that ATMs connect to the bank with, harvested data from people using the ATMs, then went to an ATM and had his server send queries to the real server based on the information he gathered from people using the ATM (I’m not sure if the money is being taken from the bank’s accounts or the accounts of the people who used the ATM before. It’s kind of unclear since there’s the picture with the absurd amount of money as a “balance” at the ATM, although Koreeda does explain it as if it’s from the people who used the ATM before). I also guess this means that the server was so old that it wasn’t using encrpytion for some reason (which it honestly should have been, even back then), or the hacker was skilled enough to break the encryption.

Moving on to what Koreeda is doing… He learns about the outdated VPN service in his trip to the Systems company, and then sets out to find the attacker. Koreeda is seriously bad at explaining things, and we more or less translated exactly what he was saying. When he says “he basically turned himself into an ATM”, (Arc 6 Chapter 5) he probably means that from the Bank’s point of view, the spoofed server the attacker is using looks like an ATM. He’s now going to do the same thing that the attacker is doing, which is “pretend to be an ATM”, baiting the attacker to be essentially attacking Koreeda as well when the attacker attacks the ATM network. It’s not exactly clear how he does it (whether by just joining the network as a new ATM, or picking an ATM in the network and intercepting communications to that ATM specifically, probably the latter), but it seems pretty reasonable given that he’s just doing what the other guy is doing. Once the guy attacks the network, Koreeda backtraces him because Koreeda can do that, and I’m guessing based on watching how the guy operates, he plans on catching the attacker in the act when he goes to collect the money from the ATM.

Now this part is interesting. Koreeda doesn’t actually have a way of knowing which ATM the attacker is going to target. The attacker is collecting all that customer information from the ATMs, but there’s no way of telling from that which ATM the attacker is going to target to collect his cash. This gives him two options, the first being he middlemans between the spoofed server and the real bank server, meaning he’ll intercept the attacker’s command to withdraw money from the ATM, and find out which ATM it is based on from what device the command claims to be from. How he recognized that it is the attacker’s command isn’t all that clear, unless it’s just a dirty attack that the system allows but honestly shouldn’t since someone looking at it can recognize it’s obviously an improper transaction. The other one would be middlemanning between each and every ATM to the spoofed server, so he’ll see which ATM is being asked to conduct the illegal transaction. He can’t just take over a single ATM, since this attack won’t be sent to every ATM, only the one he wants to do his bidding. Given how in Arc 6 chapter 6, Koreeda says he will be impersonating ATMs, he’s probably doing option 2. There probably aren’t that many ATMs, since the attack is limited to 2-3 marts in a certain district, so I guess it isn’t as insane as it sounded when I described it earlier. He’s basically just doing what he did earlier in order to detect the attacker, except with more machines.

The arrogant old dude from the cyber division’s comparison of Koreeda doing this as being comparable to suddenly being able to speak Russian simply from listening to other people speak Russian isn’t entirely on point, but it’s a pretty cool description. He only really needs to be able to pass batons back and forth. Attacker tries to send data to the ATM, Koreeda receives this data, and has to send the data forward to the ATM while looking like the correct server without messing up the format/anything else, and then take the data that the ATM tries to send back to the server, and pass that data back to the attacker/server. Anyway, Kings’ Viking is the best manga I’ve worked on (yes, better than Grand Blue). Thanks for reading.