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Computer underground Digest Wed Nov 23, 1994 Volume 6 : Issue 99 ISSN 1004-042X Editors: Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (TK0JUT2@NIU.BITNET) Archivist: Brendan Kehoe Retiring Shadow Archivist: Stanton McCandlish Shadow-Archivists: Dan Carosone / Paul Southworth Ralph Sims / Jyrki Kuoppala Ian Dickinson Fruit-loop editor: Carnegie Melon CONTENTS, #6.99 (Wed, Nov 23, 1994) File 1-- RE: Cu Digest, #6.96 ("Does Emily Need to Read and Write?") File 2-- Use of English language on the internet File 3-- Re: Redux: "Does Emiliy really need to read and write?" File 4-- New Internet Guide: sources on rights of citizens File 5-- SlipKnot Beta 0.53 Web Browser Available File 6-- HoHoCon '94 File 7-- Cu Digest Header Information (unchanged since 23 Oct 1994) CuD ADMINISTRATIVE, EDITORIAL, AND SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION APPEARS IN THE CONCLUDING FILE AT THE END OF EACH ISSUE. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 08 Nov 94 17:58:00 PST From: "Perkins, Anthony, Lt, PCA/XPP" Subject: File 1--RE: Cu Digest, #6.96 ("Does Emily Need to Read and Write?") "Does Emily Need to Read and Write?" I believe Mr. Weber is correct! A well written article enhances the point being made. If a reader is spending more effort trying to decipher what is written than understanding the view point, the communications medium will end up diluted. When a reader has to translate improper written language. the intended message will most certainly get lost. We are at a cross roads. The emphasis on education and/or how our children receive education is going to change. The necessary fundamentals, reading, basic writing, and mathematics must be exemplified by those using the network. The standard is being set as we write and traverse the internet for tomorrow's participants. If we don't set the example who will? If we don't proof read, spell check, and use proper grammar who will? What about translating into another language? If natural English speakers have trouble understanding the words, how will people who have English as a secondary or tertiary language going to understand. A bigger problem, what is the incorrect words are translated into another language before a recipient reads the message for the first time? Is the purpose of the "Info Super Highway" to pass useful timely information in a format for all to use or is it to send inferior information products to the masses? ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 10 Nov 94 00:15:05 +0000 GMT From: STEPHEN DODD Subject: File 2--Use of English language on the internet I would like to say a few words about Brandon Weber's article about the accuracy of english used on the internet and (presumably) on other email systems. I would first like to point out that of all the mistakes listed in the body of the article, only one actually compromised the intelligibility of the sentence. This however, is not really relevant. This question I would like to ask is this: why should we tie people down to a specific version of English? Indeed, how are you going to define this language? English spoken in 1994 is significantly different from that spoken in 1894, and totally different from Middle English. Today, there are many dialects in use, and, in my experience, it is these which lead to confusion, not misspelling or bad grammar. Take the differences between American-English and British English. Large numbers of words have different meanings on each side of the Atlantic, and there are even some noticeable differences in grammar. Language is not static: it changes and adapts to the environment in which people use it. The advent of electronic communications is a huge shift in our environment -- language is going to adapt to this, whether we like it or not. Obviously this will cause problems, but there is only one cure for this - we must remain in contact with people all over the net, so that localised dialects do not form. Trying to 'freeze' language is not a solution, and it is my personal opinion that language has become more colourful and imaginative with the creation of electronic mail systems. ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 9 Nov 94 23:49:04 PST From: fain@ASTERIX.ETHO.CALTECH.EDU(Dan Fain) Subject: File 3--Re: Redux: "Does Emiliy really need to read and write?" Brandon, In response to your advocacy of precise language on Internet, I'd like to point out the participatory nature of the medium. Correcting bulletin board or news posters is a task comparable to asking callers to talk radio to enunciate clearly and speak properly--a much more formidable task than asking that commercial language set a good example. My attitude about the net is probably a little different than yours, since I don't pay for access or read those headlines. On top of the errors you pointed out, it was particularly offensive that the headlines were entered in all capital letters. >unwritten but sometimes hinted at rule that "flaming someone for >his or her grammar/spelling is verbotten." Isn't this spelled "verboten?" > ~ ~ ~Defense is spelled with an "s" and not a "c." Not in the U.K. >Does Emily need to read and write in the year 2020? Undoubtedly, yes. >But will she be able to, if the majority of her education in the >language comes from the net? Unlikely. Would we discourage Emily from writing her friends and family because they are unlikely to use exact language? The principal effect of e-mail seems to be that people write each other much more often than they otherwise would. Our use of language is something we can all afford to keep improving throughout our lives. Why expect that writing more often would cause a degeneration of language ability? Perhaps those who write poorly wouldn't write at all without e-mail access. ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 14:25:19 CST From: David Bachman Subject: File 4--New Internet Guide: sources on rights of citizens ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- Govdoc-L readers: For your information. Michael Cotter Documents Librarian, Joyner Library East Carolina University, Greenville NC 27858 919/328-6533; email: LBCOTTER@ECUVM1.BITNET (This message is posted to law-lib, lawlibref-l, rights-l, ALAOIF, y-rights, and civilrts-l; we apologize if you have received duplicates.) We would like to announce availability of our guide, A Citizen's Guide to Internet Resources on the Rights of Americans. The guide is designed for the layperson and focuses on Internet resources which explain and discuss individual rights under: the Bill of Rights, select federal statutes (e.g., the ADA, the Copyright Act), rights by status or group (e.g., women, youth, the disabled), and other rights-related resources (e.g., gateways to legal information). It has been posted on the Clearinghouse of Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides at the University of Michigan. The gopher address: (path: inetdirsstacks/Citizens' Rights). The URL: gopher:// An HTML version of this guide should be available in December; we will announce the URL(s) at that time. We would like to thank those of you who provided us with suggestions and encouragement in response to our earlier request for information. Please take a look, and feel free to give us any feedback, input, or suggestions for future versions. Michele Pfaff and David Bachman ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 00:39:01 -0400 From: felixk@PANIX.COM(Felix Kramer) Subject: File 5--SlipKnot Beta 0.53 Web Browser Available The beta 0.53 version of SlipKnot (tm), the Windows WWW browser you can use from an ordinary UNIX dialup shell account, without SLIP, PPP, or TCP/IP, is available for you to download and examine. Some time ago, we sent you information about how to get beta 0.51, along with extensive information about the product. (IF YOU NEVER GOT THAT, OR NEED US TO SEND IT TO YOU AGAIN, PLEASE WRITE: At the end of this message, you'll find a short summary of SlipKnot's features. Word of SlipKnot is starting to percolate around, and many people seem excited about the doors it will open. Unless there are dire problems, this will be the last beta release, and the product will be released shortly. There are two ways to get it. If you're already running 0.51, then it's easy: follow the directions below on upgrading. If you have not yet brought up SlipKnot at all, then see the directions below on first-time installation. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * UPGRADING FROM 0.51 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The easiest way to upgrade is to use the SlipKnot One-Touch Upgrade feature (well, three touches, actually). This feature uses the World Wide Web for the very purpose it was designed: distributing volatile information. It lets you download just the version changes (much smaller file), and then unpacks and installs itself. Here's how to use it: 1. Launch SlipKnot and connect to your host. 2. Bring up SlipKnot WEB. 3. Display SlipKnot's Local Home Page (if it's not automatically displayed). 4. On the page, you will find a couple of links to SlipKnot's What's New Page. Retrieve the What's New Page. 5. There you will find the (trivial) upgrading instructions. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FIRST-TIME INSTALLATION * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 1. Retrieve the full distribution file from (it's 1.1 MB) from any of: or or 2. unzip into a temporary directory (for instance, C:\TEMP) 3. Read the ASCII file: READ.ME. It contains important installation instructions. 4. When the product actually comes up, you'll also need to enter the registration name "demo" and the registration number 0431 (This procedure, in use during beta, will not be required for release 1.0.) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FEEDBACK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * We hope the next time you hear from us will be to announce our plans for public release. Please direct any press or distribution questions to Please direct any technical questions to: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SLIPKNOT RELEASE PLANS * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SlipKnot is now in beta test, and will be released before the end of the year. Announcements of its release will be distributed on appropriate Newsgroups (e.g. comp.infosystems.announce and comp.infosystem.www.users). When released, it will be available for downloading from numerous anonymous FTP sites. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SLIPKNOT FEATURE LIST * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SlipKnot is a graphical World Wide Web browser (similar to Mosaic) specifically designed for Microsoft Windows users who have UNIX shell accounts with their service providers. SlipKnot's primary feature is that it DOES NOT require SLIP or PPP or TCP/IP services. SlipKnot was designed from the ground up to be optimized for modem users. Features: 1. SlipKnot has a Terminal window which allows you access into your UNIX shell session at any time. That means you can use your normal mail and news readers, and any other operation you normally perform on UNIX. 2. At the touch of a button, SlipKnot will switch into its Web browser and allow you to retrieve WWW documents in full graphical form (as well as sound). 3. SlipKnot allows 5 documents to be visible at the same time (though this can get crowded on your screen). It keeps a cache on disk of all of the documents you have retrieved, allowing you to look at anything you've gotten almost instantly. 4. Retrieval of documents from the Internet occurs in the background, allowing you to browse previously retrieved documents in the foreground. 5. Requests will be queued up automatically, allowing you to request many documents without waiting. 6. You can save full documents (including embedded pictures) into your own designated folders with associated comments. This allows you to display these documents later (even offline). 7. Documents can be printed using your choice of typefaces. 8. SlipKnot's Web renderer makes it easier to develop your own WWW documents (if you know the document generating language called HTML) by quickly displaying any document on your disk that you are working on. 9. You can customize the typefaces and colors of the incoming documents. 10. SlipKnot will download files via anonymous FTP directory to your PC in the background. 11. SlipKnot version 1.0 will not support forms or authentication. 12. Last but not least, SlipKnot will be released as low-cost shareware. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * NOTE FROM PETER BROOKS, SLIPKNOT DEVELOPER * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SlipKnot was created because there was no other alternative to accessing the World Wide Web graphically if you did not have SLIP or PPP or TCP/IP access. Having analyzed Mosaic and some of its competitors, I concluded that all of these browsers were designed for people with very rapid communications channels into the Internet, not modem users. Even if you have SLIP access, most of these browsers do not allow you to save entire documents (with the included pictures), forcing you to retrieve the documents again whenever you wish to take a full look at them. It takes a while to retrieve any document by modem with any browser, and you shouldn't have to do this more than once. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The computer and service provider requirements for running it: On your computer: 1. Windows 3.1 or higher. Not yet tested with Windows for Workgroups or Windows NT. 2. At least 4 MB of memory, recommended 8MB. We have noticed memory deficiency errors at 4 MB. 3. At least 2 MB of available hard disk space. SlipKnot itself takes approx. 1.5 MB. When working, SlipKnot's job will be to download documents for you from the Internet, and these may require plenty of hard disk space. 4. Mouse or other pointing device required (cannot control SlipKnot via only the keyboard). On your service provider's UNIX host: 1. Your UNIX system must have either the program "lynx" or the program "www" available. If in doubt, log in to your host, and try to execute either of these programs. You will then know immediately whether they are available. 2. Your UNIX host must have a program to send files to you via either the Xmodem or Ymodem protocol. The actual name of the programs that perform these file transfers changes from system to system, but try the commands "sx" (for XModem) or "sb" (for YModem). If these fail, ask your system administrator or some other knowledgeable person. 3. You must be able to download SlipKnot itself via anonymous FTP. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Felix Kramer/Kramer Communications NYC-based electronic publishing & journalism On-line promotion & marketing email: or voice: 212/866-4864 fax: 212/866-5527 ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 02:34:28 -0600 (CST) From: dfx Subject: File 6--HoHoCon '94 "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -- Amendment I to the Constitution of the United States ------------------------------------------------------- [Nov 1, 1994] (Distribute Freely) dFx, Phrack Magazine and cDc - Cult Of The Dead Cow proudly present : The Fifth Annual 666 666 666666 666 666 666666 6666666 666666 666 666 666 666 66666666 666 666 66666666 66666666 66666666 6666 666 66! 666 66! 666 66! 666 66! 666 !66 66! 666 66!6!666 !6! 6!6 !6! 6!6 !6! 6!6 !6! 6!6 !6! !6! 6!6 !6!!6!6! 6!6!6!6! 6!6 !6! 6!6!6!6! 6!6 !6! !6! 6!6 !6! 6!6 !!6! !!!6!!!! !6! !!! !!!6!!!! !6! !!! !!! !6! !!! !6! !!! !!: !!! !!: !!! !!: !!! !!: !!! :!! !!: !!! !!: !!! :!: !:! :!: !:! :!: !:! :!: !:! :!: :!: !:! :!: !:! :: ::: ::::: :: :: ::: ::::: :: ::: ::: ::::: :: :: :: : : : : : : : : : : : : :: :: : : : : :: : "Excuse me, sir, but is the toothless gentleman with your party?" Who: All Hackers, Journalists, Security Personnel, Federal Agents, Lawyers, Authors, Cypherpunks, Virtual Realists, Modem Geeks, Phone Nerds, Telco Employees, Phreaks, K0DE Warriors, WaReZ Mongers, Alien Visitors, Government Officials, Strippers, and Other Interested Parties. Where: Red Lion Hotel 6121 North IH-35 Austin, Texas 78752 U.S.A. (512) 323-5466 When: Friday December 30, 1994 through Sunday January 1, 1995 Cost: Ten Dollars (US $10) What is HoHoCon? ---------------- HoHoCon is the largest annual gathering of those in, related to, or wishing to know more about the computer underground. Attendees generally include some of the most notable members of the "hacking" and "telecom" community, journalists, authors, security professionals, lawyers and a host of others. Previous speakers include John Draper (Cap'n Crunch), Lex Luthor (LoD), Luke Perry, Bruce Sterling, Damien Thorn (Nuts & Volts) and Chris Goggans (Erik Bloodaxe of LoD, Phrack and Teen Beat). The conference is open to the public and we encourage anyone who is interested to attend. Hotel Information ----------------- The Red Lion is located at 6121 North IH-35 on the corner of US290 and IH-35. The HoHoCon group room rate is $55 for a single or double. Rooms for the handicapped are also available. Check-in is 3:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon. Earlier check-in is based on room availability. The hotel accepts American Express, Visa, Master Card, Discover, Diner's Club, and Carte Blanche credit cards. As always, the hotel has set aside a block of rooms for the conference and we recommend making your reservations as early as possible to guarantee a room within the block, if not to just guarantee a room period. To make your reservations, call the number listed above and tell them you are with the HoHoCon conference. It is strongly suggested that you try to remember to tell them you are with HoHoCon, not only in order to receive the group rate, but also so you are placed in close proximity to the conference room and other attendees. Personally, I never wish to relive our DefCon 2 experience where we clocked about 46 miles over the weekend walking to and from the conference room. The hotel provides transportation to and from the airport at no cost. Shuttles leave every half hour from the morning until early evening. If you are arriving or leaving at an odd time, you can make arrangements with the front desk or use the courtesy phone in the airport. Directions ---------- For those of you who will be driving to the conference, the following is a list of directions provided by the hotel (complain to them if you get lost) : Traveling West on 290 : Take the Cameron Road Exit off of 290. The hotel is on the corner of I-35 and 290. Traveling West on I-10 : Take I-10 to 71 west to I-35 north. Take exit 238B and travel over 290. The hotel will be on the right hand side. Traveling East on I-10 : Exit I-35 north and turn left on to the access road. The hotel is on the corner of I-35 and 290. Traveling North on I-35 : Take exit 238B and travel over 290. The hotel will be on the right hand side. Traveling South on I-35 : Take exit 238B and u-turn under I-35 at 290. The hotel will be on the right hand side. Traveling from the FBI, SPA or in any type of Government issued vehicle : Take 290 west to I-35 south to I-10 west. Follow I-10 through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and into California. In Los Angeles, exit 5 north and travel through California and Oregon into Washington. Exit 12 east and drive about 50 miles or so until you see the Mount ST. Helens National Volcano Monument exit. Take that exit and make your way to the large fiery entrance atop the mountain. The conference is on the lower level inside the mountain. Call the hotel if these directions aren't complete enough or if you need additional information. Conference Details __________________ HoHoCon will last 3 days, with the actual conference being held on Saturday, December 31 starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. We will release the first proposed speaker/topic list on or around December 1st. The time table will follow last year's for the most part, with a half hour break in the middle of the day followed by a raffle. We will also have smaller 'mini meetings' on Friday evening and early Sunday afternoon in a few of the hotel's meeting rooms. Details and times of these gatherings will be included in future updates. We are still taking submissions for speakers, so if you would like to speak during the conference, please contact us and include a brief outline of your topic and a rough estimate of how long you will need. We will also gladly accept any suggestions on speakers that you would like to see and hear from. Please note that not all people who request to speak will be given the chance to, so you Star Trek idiots from last year who wanted to talk about how Spock changed your life and your interplanetary, m0dem warrior, anarchist group that was planning to steal a space shuttle from NASA and take control of the galaxy via Prodigy need not submit (or attend). We would like to have people bring interesting items and videos again this year. If you have anything you think people would enjoy having the chance to see, please let us know ahead of time and tell us if you will need any help getting it to the conference. If all else fails, just bring it to the con and give it to us when you arrive. Any organization or individual that wants to bring flyers to distribute during the conference may do so. You may also send your flyers to us ahead of time if you can not make it to the conference and we will distribute them for you. Left over flyers are included with information packets and orders that we send out, so if you want to send extras, go ahead. Companies and organizations who wish to set up merchandising tables or booths need to make arrangements with us in advance. Reservations for table space in the conference room will be taken by e-mail or voice mail and those parties not confirming their attendance by December 15 will forfeit their space. Cost ---- The cost of admission this year is US$10, which includes 2 tickets for the super spiffy "Raffle From Hell" (extra tickets are available at the door). It is no surprise that there will always be people out there who will complain about paying for anything. You folks need not attend. After five years (a few more actually), we are only asking ten dollars, which is an outrageously low price compared to the suit infested industry conferences which charge hundreds of dollars in registration fees and even some of the new "Cons are k00l and trendy, I gotta do one too!" conferences that are charging up to $50 for admission alone. Plus, we've never made anyone sleep in a tent or eat next to a table of 36 Elvis impersonators (although that was kind of cool, I guess). Miscellaneous Notes ------------------- Video cameras will *NOT* be allowed inside the conference room, except for the people who have received prior consent to film. Still photos are fine as each speaker will announce whether he or she minds them being taken (although this didn't seem to stop the onslaught of flashes when Lex Luthor approached the microphone). The conference will start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Keep this in mind when pondering whether or not to down yet another bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 on Friday night. For those of you who haven't figured it out yet, HoHoCon falls on New Year's Eve. Contrary to rumour, we will not be having a huge party in the conference room on Saturday night. Instead, we will all head for 6th Street, which is where 80% of Austin's nightclubs are located. We will include a list of New Year's happenings in Austin in future updates. HoHoCon shirts and videos from '92 & '93 (NARC, I Love Warez, I Love Feds, Top 10 Narc List) will be available during the conference, along with last year's big hit - I Love Cops shirts and hats ($20). The shirts are $15 and the videos are $20. We have also added XXL for all you big folks. If you are unable to attend the conference and wish to obtain any of these items, you may either mail us for more information or send a check or money order payable to O.I.S. to the address listed below. Include $3 per order (not per item) for shipping. Canadian and overseas residents should mail first for shipping prices and details. You may also mail us for a more detailed description of any of the HoHoCon products. Those of you driving from Houston that wish to join to HoHoConvoy which leaves for Austin on Friday morning should call the HoHoCon VMB and leave a message with a contact number. Traci Lords has confirmed her appearance for this year's conference. One of the reasons the cost of admission has raised from $5 to $10 is that the cost of securing a conference room on New Year's Eve is quite high, but another factor is insurance. It is almost impossible to put on a conference of this nature without running into problems, the biggest one being the slew of young, idiotic, underdeveloped, social rejects who like to play make believe and pretend they're Beavis & Butt-head while they cause unnecessary damage to the hotel and annoy the guests and staff. This is far from k-rad and is definitely not what HoHoCon is about. What you do in your own room is your own business, but what you do anywhere else on the hotel property all comes back to one person ... me. I have grown extremely tired of trying to deal with hotel managers who threaten to cancel the conference altogether because of a few, no life idiots who have no idea how to act in a public setting since they never leave their mommy's house. Holistic Hacker wrote a good editorial about this in Phrack #45 that is suggested reading for anyone who thinks they are some type of elite m0dem anarchist. It is you people that ruin everything for the other 500 attendees who actually have a grip on reality. Due to the behaviour of a few braindead morons in the past, I have decided to hire my own security this year who will only be in place in order to prevent stupid fleebs from breaking anything or causing any type of damage or unnecessary disturbance to the hotel. It is unfortunate that I have to do this, but I do not wish to accept the financial burden of having to pay for other people's stupidity and destruction. If you have a problem with this, stay home. By attending the conference, you are consenting to being filmed and photographed and having your ugly likeness used in any fashion I deem appropriate. Birkenstocks are strictly prohibited at HoHoCon. Anyone caught wearing them will be severely beaten with a bat. Correspondence -------------- If anyone requires any additional information, needs to ask any questions, wants to RSVP, wants to order anything, or would like to be added to the mailing list to receive the HoHoCon updates, you may mail us at: drunkfux@5285 (WWIV Net) or via sluggo mail at: O.I.S. ATTN: HoHoCon 1310 Tulane Houston, Texas 77008-4106 Freeside Communications is the official HoHoCon FTP site. FTP to and check out /pub/hohocon. Those of you without net access, can call the HoHoCon whirrled HQ BBS, K0DE AB0DE/Metalland Southwest, at: 713.39-K0DES (713.395.0337) We also have a VMB which includes all the conference information and is probably the fastest way to get updated reports. The number is: 713-867-9544 What They're Saying ------------------- "The manager quickly summoned the Austin police and had the hotel telephone operator print the phone bills for the two rooms, anticipating that the records would be necessary evidence for the Grand Jury indictment he was envisioning. One of the boy's phone bills was eight pages long, but almost all of the calls were local. The total amount owed to the hotel was less than three dollars, and the officers determined that the account being accessed was legitimately assigned to one of the teens. A big production had been made out of nothing, fueled by the fear of the 'evil hacker' stereotype." Damien Thorn : Nuts & Volts Magazine : March 1994 ***** "At 1:00 a.m., everything was going great for me. I was taking part in an impromptu mini 'cell-con' in one of the rooms at the Hilton and was learning everything I ever wanted to know about cellular modification. I was especially excited to hear someone say that they would be showing us how to mod the new Mitsubishi phones since that is what I happened to have in my jacket pocket. Unfortunately, about three seconds later, someone kicked open the door and spastically announced the fact that there were 10 underage strippers dancing naked in a room down the hall. Two seconds later, I was alone." Peter Beardsley : Independent Journal : January 4, 1994 ***** "I knocked on the door and asked the guy who opened it if we could come in and say hi. They said yes and I spent several hours in there. We didn't talk about anything special but had a lot of fun watching Eight Ball stumble around the room drunk until he passed out." Netta Gilboa : Gray Areas Magazine : Spring 1994 ***** "HoHoCon '93 was everything I had expected and much more. I gained 5 major items during my three day stay in Austin; a better knowledge of numerous security holes across the net, a really cool NARC t-shirt, two Traci Lords videos, and the understanding that the Austin police force are a bunch of computer illiterate bozos." White Shadow : CUF Review : January 1994 ***** "People who know how to telecommunicate without calling undue attention to themselves show the interested what creative hacking is supposed to be about. We watch people demonstrate the transformation of an OKI cellular phone into a two-way tracking scanner with a computer interface, discuss the 'passive' capture of private account passwords, and explore the mathematical theories that make possible completely anonymous digital money transactions. Few are better able to explain the pros and cons of advanced programming technology than rogue hackers. They already have much of the information people like Barry Diller and Al Gore would have to steer millions into think tanks to discover. The question is how to legitimize a collection of software pirates, hippie academics, and teenage 'phone phreaks' to the point where the mainstream would be willing to employ them as consultants instead of locking them up as criminals." Carol Cooper : VIBE Magazine : June 1994 ***** "After this sellout session, I found a sign on the wall: " ->" and, in room 260 someone piled up an enormous mass of equipment, including something like 4 UNIX machines, a SLIP connection, 20" screens, PET's.. Plus the room was stacked with 30-40 people, and I mean STACKED. Most people were wasting their time entering commands like "mget /warez/eleet/hot/0-day/*.*" Sick of that, I grabbed a bunch of people and we went trashing at SW-Bell around the block, and whoops! we found a diagram like this: (Europe) (Asia) (Australia) ______ ____: :____ : : : Texas o <====== Austin \ / \ / \_________/ (North America) (South America) Now we know it: South Western Bell believes that Austin, Texas is the center of the world. Well, from the 17th to the 19th of December, 1993, it was." Onkel Dittmeyer : Phrack Magazine #45 ***** "The hackers did it again. A monster party, several hundred strong, where hacking was the agenda. HoHoCon is the annual hacker's convention in Texas where all hell breaks loose. Not one person I spoke to said they wouldn't attend again next year. So there must be something to it. Even legendary phreaks like John Draper aka Captain Crunch were there, despite his tenuous hold on reality and emanating odor." Winn Schwartau : Security Insider Report : January 1994 ***** "The night went on, the beer flowed, the dopamine inhibitors kicked in full in full force, and the money changed hands faster than could be counted. By the end of the evening, everyone had received several "table dances," KevinTX had whip marks on his back, Weevil had won my complete admiration, and the girls made a small fortune. Each of the dancers walked away with over $200 in cash. The biggest winner was a really hot little 18 year-old named Cathy who raked in almost $400." Erik Bloodaxe : Phrack Magazine #45 ***** Tawk tawk tawking bout sum cyber stuff Like Demon Roach's new Monster Truck sub Matrix hoppin' we will go In search of the hex marshmallow Come now, come now, do not pace We're off to call cyberwaste The new beast known as demon seed Run over your head and make you bleed Decryption of the message I soon will start For I have the hex-ascii chart Fat, skanky dancers running all around Wonder how many STD's Dispater has now What made me sick was the one's hairy mole Did I mention that Omar looks like Cliff Stoll? Bruce taught me how to program in Unix and Hack C Omar had his picture taken with E.T. This is it.. I must go.. I may finish later.. I don't know Drunkfux : Live From HoHoCon '91 : cDc 200 ***** _ _ _ _ ((___)) ((___)) [ x x ] HoHoCon '94. New Year's Eve. Need we say more? 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