Project Underground Alliance - A Proposal for Change
This letter originated from U.A. WHQ, Tactical Command ][
Operation Underworld 215.493.6282
Hated by those they wished to rescue, despised by those they were
dying to save, these grand soldiers, these immortal deliverers, have fought
without thanks, labored without applause, suffered without pity, and they
have died execrated and abhorred. For the good of all they accepted isolation
and criticism. They gave up all, sacrificed all, lost all, but truth self-
respect and honor. These are the hackers, pirates, couriers, artists,
writers, phreakers, coders, anarchists, and sysops that have made the
Underground Alliance a reality. Through this document, they shall never be
Greetings, this text has been assembled and distributed throughout BBS's
enclosed in archived files and throughout internet in order to explain what
the Underground Alliance is, why it was created, and how it works. Before an
explanation of the U.A. is given, let us summarize the current BBS "scene".
Throughout todays Cyberspace, one can find a large variety of BBS's that
carry support for hacking, phreaking, carding, virii, warez, artwork and text
files in some degree and form. These BBS's like it or not collectively makeup
the computer underground. The sysop's and users all share the same general
belief that the world of computers and telecommunications should be accessible
regardless of cost and that they have the right to access information.
Unfortunately, the similarities between these BBS's, sysops and users cease
here, for most boards are independent, isolated and therefor severely limited
in their abilities to provide security for their users and provide the
facilities by which to share the collective knowledge of the underground. Some
boards seek to solve these faults through sister boards, nets and affiliations
with groups specialized in talents such as cracking, hacking, artwork and file
distribution. These measures however well meant and noble in purpose are
ineffective at best and in most cases lead to further isolation or worse, to
the terminal disease called eliteness. Eliteness is very prevalent in
Cyberspace today and has created a landscape on which the telecommunications
highway of the future can not be built. This disease has created an
intolerable situation by which knowledge is kept from the masses by the few
in a futile effort to become famous and powerful. One must be careful,
however, not to confuse eliteness with good security practices insuring that
those who wish to obliterate the BBS scene are shut out from it or the attempt
by a sysop to set a standard for his user base. Aside from the disease of
eliteness, the ego of todays sysop has been almost as destructive. Almost
every BBS is very customized and run by the sysop who in many cases acts like
god almighty himself. Although various BBS themes and layouts help make
Cyberspace as diverse as it is, a sysop who acts on his own a and not in the
best interests of his users is usually a doomed sysop. BBS's that are not
created for the users live short lives. Sysop's also have the tendency to
strive for the best board in the world, which is admirable in itself but
usually leads into a cycle of exclusion and isolation. By having examined but
a few of the current problems of the current BBS "scene", one can see the
intolerable situation at hand, but now that we have identified some of the
problems that plague the BBS world a cure can begin to take shape.
The Underground Alliance is just what it seems, an alliance of BBS's who
share the beliefs and knowledge of the underground. The Underground Alliance
consists of BBS's who adhere and follow the directive and regulations listed
below in an effort to provide an unprecedented level of security and
communication among BBS's; this is no lose alliance. At the core of the
Underground Alliance lies the U.A. Net and Congress, the primary means of
communication and government for the Underground Alliance. The U.A. is
controlled by those who make up it's ranks, the sysop and users in a congress
styled atmosphere where speed and efficiency are maximized at all times. The
mandates of the congress are carried out by the sysop's of the boards in U.A.
The congress oversees all U.A. operations and attempts at all times to carry
out the operational directive of the underground. Basically, the Alliance has
set forth and enforces regulations in an attempt to standardize security
procedures and to ensure that the exchange of underground information can take
place efficiently and effectively. Often times a sysop will ask, since I am
agreeing to follow your regulations, what's in it for me? To answer that
question in full, this text would be long winded to say the least, but some
examples can be given. The Underground Alliance provides full protection to
all member board through the blacklist and teletrial system, as well as the
mandates of the congress which can if need be, declare war and shut down an
external threat. The Underground Alliance requires all member boards to have
a standardized new user process, usually a specific infoform or other
information that must be answered correctly before a user is allowed into the
U.A. and a requirement that all new users are checked against the current U.A.
blacklist; this not only provides the same level of security throughout the
net, it creates an environment conducive to the spread of underground
knowledge. The Underground Alliance through the U.A. net provides a huge
on-line textfile library and numerous quality message bases as well as the
collective government body known as congress.
These are but a few examples of what the Underground Alliance can and
will do. In an effort to avoid secrecy and confusion, the complete
constitution and outline for the Underground Alliance has been included in
this document. Finally, the Underground Alliance does not try to pretend that
a change of this magnitude will take place overnight, or that the U.A. will
be able to resolve all of the faults of Cyberspace, however, the belief is
shared through all its members that by working in an alliance and through
cooperation an intractable army can be created to reach that one ultimate
goal that has become so illusive: The ability to learn and share the vast
knowledge the computer underground has to offer.
A word from the creator of the Underground Alliance :
Greetings and thank you for taking the time to read this most
important document. I speak for the soldiers of the Underground Alliance and
for the storm of revolution their support has brought. I am pleading to those
reading this for light, for air, for opportunity. Those who have learned the
arts of the underground must pass on what they know, less this great world we
have enjoyed will die. I plead also for individual independence regardless of
age, and for the rights of labor and of free thought through rugged
individualism. Let the elitness, isolation and interfighting go, we will
worship these thing no more. Instead, turn your hearts and minds to honor,
service and justice for these are the foundations the underground future will
be built on. That which is founded upon eliteness and greed cannot endure.
That which is founded on honor, cooperation and dedication will prevail,
always. We will worship the gods of isolated eliteness no more. Let then sit
in their useless organizations of self praise and fade forever from our
memory. Some say there is no honor in hacking, cracking or the like; my
answer to that can be found in the immortal words of an old INC slogan,
"Honor is the only code we don't break". My friends, the Underground Alliance
is truly laying the foundations of the grand culture of the future and not
the plans of self-destructive isolated groups of present.
"Cross over and join the fight"
Underground Alliance Articles of Membership and Regulation
Operational Directive : Standing orders for all BBS's in the Underground Alliance are to create and maintain an environment that will ensure the growth of the Underground- Cyberspace culture and all aspects surrounding it.
<1> All boards admitted into the U.A. must recognize the teletrial under the
U.A. congress as final authority on all BBS matters, and recognize the
U.A. as before and above all other Nets, groups and alliances.
<2> All boards in the U.A. must have been in operation for six weeks prior to
requesting admission in the Alliance in order to establish the BBS as
a true fully functional system.
<3> All boards in the U.A. must maintain facilities to carry and display the
U.A. net system and must pool the net on a regular timely basis.
<4> All boards in the U.A. must *display the current logo for the U.A. during
the logon process or must identify itself as an Underground Alliance
board in the front door escape twice sequence.
<5> All boards in the U.A. must adhere to the standardized new user, security
and file base procedures as set worth in textfile form by the U.A.
<6> The U.A. reserves the right to terminate a BBS from it's ranks if that
board falls below activity and participation requirements as set forth
by the U.A. congress.
<7> No more than five boards per area code are allowed to represent the U.A.
in an effort to create diversity and to ensure speed of operation.
<8> The Underground Alliance Congress shall consist of all active users and
sysop's of the U.A. boards. Congress shall operate on the principle that
no one board shall control the U.A. and that the operational directive
is paramount and is to be followed in letter and spirit at all times.
Speed and efficiency are to be maximized in congress operations. The
congress shall conduct it's operations on a specific base in U.A. net in
the following manner.
1) A bill, mandate, change etc. is posted
2) If the post is supported though two other member, a vote is taken.
3) A member will post a message for or against the proposed measure,
only one post per member.
4) The voting will continue no longer than the time it takes the
proposed measure to reach the furthest BBS in the U.A. and for the
posts to return to the first hub. Speed must be maximized for
congress to be effective.
5) The presiding user, whose duty is to ensure that congress conducts
itself accordingly will count all posts and return a verdict post
as soon as possible.
6) The proposal will then be enacted by all members of the U.A..
Underground Alliance New User Regulations
All BBS's accepting new users in the Underground Alliance must adhere to and
follow the following regulations.
1) The applicant MUST successfully complete and correctly answer all
questions on the Underground Alliance infoform before admission to the
U.A. areas of the BBS. If the BBS software does not permit infoforms,
the information contained in the infoform must be presented in such a
way that it is answerable through Q/A format or in feedback/letter form.
2) All applicants MUST leave correct phone numbers that can and should be
check through at random voice validation or better.
3) All applicants MUST be checked against the current Underground
Alliance blacklist before validation can be granted to any aspect of
Underground Alliance File Base Regulations
All BBS's in the Underground Alliance that contain file bases for transfer
must adhere to the following regulations.
1) All BBS's must reserve and maintain one file area for Underground
2) All BBS's must ad the specified U.A. text letter to all uploaded
archived files. If automatic achieve file processing is not
available, the staff of the board must regularly process such archives
to include the text letter.
Underground Alliance Security Regulations
All BBS's in the Underground Alliance must comply with the following security
1) All BBS's must have the capacity to maintain a system log for at
least the prior five days.
2) All sysops and staff of U.A. boards are REQUIRED to report through
U.A. Net any system crashes or any other damage caused or suspected
to be caused by external forces.