Happy Hacker Digest Feb. 21, 1997
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Table of Contents
Canadian Hacking Laws
More on IRC
More on Cracking
Modem Jammer Hoax
Baghdad Sees Internet as End of Civilization
CANADIAN HACKING LAWS
From: "Ty & Keri - Lynn Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I found you latest threads about the laws regarding computer
hacking of interest, but also noted that they were for the American
and not of those from other parts of the world. Living here in
Canada I was
curious as to how much different our laws were on this subject.
So out I
went and purchased myself a copy of the 1997 revision of the
Pocket Criminal Code.
Here goes the code for computers in Canada:
Unauthorized Use of Computers-Definitions-"Computer program"-"Computer
acoustic, mechanical or
Section 342.1 (1) Every one who, fraudulently and without
color of right,
(a) obtains, directly or indirectly, any computer service,
(b) by means of an electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical
or other device,
intercepts or causes to be intercepted, directly or indirectly,
function of a computer system, or
(c) uses or causes to be used, directly or indirectly,
a computer system
with intent to commit an offence under paragraph (a) or (b) or
under section 430 in relation to data or a computer system
is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment
for a term
not exceeding ten years, or is guilty of an offence punishable
(2) In this section,
"computer program" means data representing instructions
or statements that,
when executed in a computer system, causes the computer system
to perform a
"computer service" includes data processing and
the storage or retrieval of
"computer system" means a device that, or a group
of interconnected or
related devices one or more of which,
(a) contains computer programs or other data, and
(b) pursuant to computer programs,
(i) performs logic and control, and
(ii) may perform any other function;
"data" means representations of information or of
concepts that are being
prepared in a form suitable for use in a computer system;
"electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical or other device"
means any device
or apparatus that is used or is capable of being used to intercept
function of a computer system, but does not include a hearing
aid used to
correct subnormal hearing of the user to not better than normal
"function" includes logic, control, arithmetic,
deletion, storage and
retrieval and communication or telecommunication to, from or
"intercept" includes listen to or records a function
of a computer system,
or acquire the substance, meaning or purport thereof.
R.S. 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 45
Well if you can get through that gobblygook great. It took
me a couple of
readings, but I don't think that the law makers intended the
laws to be
legible to us mere mortals. Sortta like Unix or C. A secret language
to only the deserving and ->patient<-.
TTFN From the Great White North, Ehh!
From: "Ryan" <email@example.com>
Regarding the Child Porn sites:
If I found a Child Porn site, I would (theoretically) have
no qualms about
shutting it down, or even mail bombing the owner. I can
see them going to
the police and saying: "Hey, this guy just trashed
my website full of
pictures of pre-pubescent children! I've still got the
but the 2,000 visitors a week I get are being denied their fun".
I can see
the polices reply; "Hum, can you show us these pictures?
them to the police) your coming with us down to the station
on charges of
possession of indecent pictures of underage children.".
The point is, if
they dob you in, then they will get into real trouble, far more
could- so they won't. They'll probably just mail-bomb you
There is a better way to get these sites down though.
There has just
been formed an organization that you can report obscene and possibly
illegal websites to, for prosecution/removal. I believe
they have a free
phone number, and they have a mail address.
I have and idea of how to stop mail bombs. sendmail
could be modified so
that it scans all messages for signs of Mail-Bomb script.
If it does find
it, then it sends it to the sender, not the receiver. That
would put an
immediate end to all of the problems, and teach the stupid kids
not to use
mail bomb programs!
42 Beaufort Road,
MORE ON IRC
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
WHAT THE H*** IS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Listen Im sure nobody here s subscribed to this list
(which i thought
was kewl) TO hear about L****** Irc warrior s***
IRC has nothing to do with hacking and i subscribed to the
list to maybe
pickup a few more stuff on UNIX (Unix is hacking) But know
youre just becoming like everything else
hacking newsgroups are
....FULL OF WAREZ LAMOS....
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Will Munslow)
Subject: Re: Happy Hacker Digest Feb. 20, 1997
>IRC 7th SPHERE QUESTION
>From: Redington <email@example.com>
>I went to 7th sphere the other day a downloaded their sphere.zip
>I unzipped it and tried to open in and to install it inside
of my mIRC
>app, but it keeps giving me error messages like "Setup
is unable to
>find_SETUP.DLL, which is needed to complete the installation,
>103." What is that? The thing is that the SETUP.DLL
file is right
>there. If anyone can help me out on how to set that
up it is very much
You have to figure out _where_ Setup is looking for the file
and place the
.DLL in that directory. Here's a complete guess, but it might
1) Open a DOS window. Start Menu/Run... and type command. Or
2) Type SET. This will show you your environment variables.
3) Look at the one that says TEMP=. This is _probably_ where
program is looking for the .DLL.
Note: If you don't want to/don't know how to do that, 9 times
out of 10,
the TEMP directory is C:\windows\temp.
4) Copy the .DLL and throw it in that directory.
This _might_ work. I've had some programs do the same thing.
move the .DLL around to directories that the Setup program is
looking in. Maybe one level up? Hope this helps.
From: Mike Kogelman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
At 11:48 PM 2/18/97 -0700, you wrote:
>But there are other good IRC servers that are usually full
>channels. EFFNet is one of the oldest IRC servers. It is
run by the
>Electronic Freedom Foundation (eff.org). But it is reputed
to be a "war
>ground." You are allowed to do anything you want, but
you may not like what
>others do to you.
It is not EFFNet, and it is not run by the EFF, It's EFNet, and
originally started by the Eris FreeNet (ef.net)
"I wanna live with you in the fifth dimension, in a dream
I've never had.."
From: "ruben d canlas jr" <email@example.com>
In Undernet, they now have the bots X and W. these bots take
a channel, keep a registry of authorized ops, and can do simple
as flood detection. as long as the server can allow, X and W
stay on your channel, protecting it from takeovers. but all this
ideal and sometimes, due to lagging, X disappears.
ruben d. canlas jr.
Thought for the day:
Concerto (n): a fight between a piano and
Timothy Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
mIRC is not for uni*ces..
IRCII however is.
You would want to pick that up from:
Concerning IRC: I was operating under the impression that
it made absolutely
no difference what server you logged in to, since all the comm
routed to everywhere else. If this is so, then why do so
many seasoned IRC
users put such emphasis on their particular server? I wonder
if it's simply
because of the quicker response one gets when speaking/DCCing
user sharing the same server as oneself.
I came across a .gif somewhere that mapped out the physical
location of all
the major IRC servers - it was rather informative. I wonder
if anyone can
give me a clue as to where I could find a similar map showing
of the Internet as well as major service providers, say, the
big telcos and
maybe two or three branches down.
From: Peter Mueller <email@example.com>
So, the happy hacker digest finally talks about ping -f! GREAT!
thing is, this is a great for all the people that have it on
have windows 97. I DO have mirc but, I have win3.1 and I never
look for fights in mIRC. The problem is, I chat on a normal Internet
(yah yah with the refresh and post and all that) From time to
gets the loserz wandering in looking for the cheap thrills in
people, showing off their perversion, being nuisances, etc..
How can a
guy with an OS like mine keep these dopes off, or at least bother
enough to keep them off. I've heard of ping -f (Ive got
finger utils ,
tracers, router info utils etc.) And i dont have a unix
account to get
at these naughty people. Where can i get a ping -f Win3.1 util?
assured it will be put to good use on those unfortunate enough
disgust the heck outta the rest of us.
Moderator: I dont read Swedish. Could someone please
following post, like maybe you several dozen Swedish hackers
on this list?
From: "Bratt, Oscar" <KB96BROS@chestud.chalmers.se>
Organization: Chem. PC Lab, CTH/GU, Gothenburg
Subject: Re: GTMHH: How to
keep from getting kicked off IRC!
Och vad ska jag göra med den här? Är
det läsförståelse i Engelska.
Apropå det, vi ska ha frivilligt test i eng. i dag.
OBS FRIVILLG, jag SKA inte gå men det ska alla 2:a.
dom är, själv får engelska bara mig att tänka
på MARIE CEDERBERG
MORE ON CRACKING
Anonymous: hi my first post to this wondergroup.
after reading many questions about how to hack past a windoze
saver ,and reading many replies, it struck me that perhaps no
one knew that
if you simply press f5 just after the ms-dos text you get a c:
at the c:\windows type ` edit control.ini`
you are then whooshed away to the edit shell, where as you
scroll down the
screen and when you see the word...
change the 1 to a 0 and save then reboot!simple.
and when youre finished do the same only type a 1 to activate
thanks to Olcay Cirit for that. text file `pc hacking faq`
tip for newbies read as many text files as you can , thats
what i do. And
you be amazed at what youll learn.
On a different note` i work for cgate and wonder if any one
could tell me `
if seagate has hundreds of computers and all networked some
not as to stop
people like my self from prying.(they do it by use of a login:)
Ive cracked a lot of passwords in seagate and the weakest
link is the
password...even gave a few mates extra holidays HO HO HO....
if some one tries to access the g drive it says invalid drive
but type logon: guest it gives the works to you...
what i want to know is ,is it possible to access some elses
any computer in there, like telnetting internally?
Ive tried but got no connection, what am i doing wrong?
...how does a newbie have the `hacker status `bestowed
on him/her if only
newbies call them selves hackers when they are not...who bestows
One more phun hack is to change to win95 bootup screen to
any thing you want
,my own example being `having a little picture of a Gremlin and
the words `YOU`VE JUST BEEN HACKED BY LazEdawg THIS
SCREEN IS VIRUS
ENCRYPTED REMOVE AT YOUR PERIL.......it sends the I.T DEPARTMENT
It doesnt do any harm except raise a few tempers...
please keep my email anonymous ,except my handle
From: Marko Samastur <Marko.Samastur@fmf.uni-lj.si>
To those, that think social engineering is hacking, there
are few words
I'd like to say. I've been watching this conversation around
hacking techniques for a while and I've had enough. It seems
are too many people out there, who don't have the slightest clue
hacking was and is. It's a wish and a need to further develop
knowledge and to seek information.
So, how the h*** can in that context a scam, involving a stupid
be even considered as important part of HACKING. Sure it's an
part of getting physical access to computer, but it has nothing
with hacking. And you don't get any knowledge from it. Almost
goes for tricks. While they can be fun to play with, they are
Not much knowledge behind them and should I do it to impress
H*** no, the next thing you will advertise will be wearing ties
(or even worse, wearing suits, yuck). Actually, it's even repulsive
use both words as physical and hacking so close together. ;)
Not only that, will you people drive around the globe to be able
that, or are your needs limited only to your hometown. My sure
(before Carolyn complains about saying too much, let me add that
is ALMOST legal here and if I don't break one or two rules, I
almost anything I want, involving breaking into computers in
my or other
Oh and btw, * in passwd file STILL CAN mean that it's shadowed
sure, but I think * should be in front of the name, if you want
disable user of that account). Anyway, if those users are just
where are the encrypted passwd then? :)
Please feel free to flame me, but I insist that you allow me
to do the
From: Bernz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I would dare say you aren't relatively experienced. Right
now I can tell
>you of a certain college system that has just over a dozen
>vulnerable to 'froot'. Some systems keep up to date with
advisory info and
>patch those holes. More often than not, they go untouched.
you're right. There are systems out there that have remote
most serious Sysadmins keep up with the cert (and other) advisories.
find most systems i try for patch them up REALLY quickly. But
usually go for college systems. If I do, i simply social engineer
the students in CS101 who just put upa web page.
>What?! Fine. Call me up and social engineer your way into
my system since
>it is "the only way to absolutely get into a remote
system". When you are
>banging your head against the wall in frustration because
I won't give you
>what you want, then reconsider your thoughts.
again, you're right. But i assume that you are an experienced
with computers and I would prolly know that through research.
dare to attempt to engineer you. That would be an exercise in
As mean as it is to say it, you SE the dumb. SEing most sysops
silly. They'll pick it up quickly. I'm not dumb enough to try
root, just a user pass. Root is found through local exploits.
>Hardly been explored?! Come on! I haven't run into a hacker
>know the value of SE attacks. And I think you will find that
>Teams not only do it, but push it as an essential part of
>testing. I know my team does.
I don't know jackdookey about Tiger Teams. I'd love to participate
one, but never have. I've run into plenty of hackers that put
attacks as "unchallenging", "silly" and "Not
hacking (which it very well
may not be)". I agree it is essential. That's my whole point.
I see that
you don't overlook it, but obviously people do, or else Id
even fairly successful. I wish there were more hackers (and users)
knew the dangers of it. I'm just trying to expose it. Obviously
I just think it's as good a sploit as any. That's all.
"Tell me what you want, a zigahzigzah."
-From "The wit and wisdom of the Spice Girls"
From: PsyChadEl <email@example.com>
A lot of the hacking/cracking techniques/methods etc... discussed
Hacker seem to be completely network orientated (not that that's
thing). However, there's a whole world of hacking/cracking out
NEEDS to be explored.
Apart from the Social Engineering aspect that Bernz spoke
of in the previous
digest, there's also the kind of access that users have: directly
to PCs in
their offices, students in their libraries, blah blah blah. This
the keystroke recorder comes in (tada).
The keystroke recorder (for those of U who don't know), is
program that sits in memory and logs every key typed at particular
That means: letters, memos, credit card numbers, passwords, poetry,
garbage... U get the idea. Therefore, U setup the recorder, leave
it on for
a couple of days... come back and have a look - and voila! We're
Now, the problem I'm writing in is this: I'm interested in
a good keystroke
recorder for a Windows OS (meaning Win95 or Win3.11 or both).
I found one on
the net, something called Keylogger... You'll find it at Silicon's
thinks). However, it has the pathetic tendency to sit their,
as a window on your taskbar (in Win95). It also logs to many
of just one - which is a pain in the ass when U go looking thru
problem, however I fixed thru some hexing).
I'm interested in writing one and have been trying to do so
with little luck. If anyone is aware of any APIs or Dlls that
may help with
a program like this... or know of any other keystroke recorders
Windows... then PLEAZE tell me. Some form of cloaking KeyLogger
be a good idea. I've tried a proggy called HideIT (available
download.com), but then I have the problem of hiding HideIt itself
problems solved there.
Think about it.
"I am a firestarter... twisted firstarter." - Person
with wicked, wicked
hair -> PRODIGY
> >Then it is shadowed. Normally you would see
encrypted characters where the
> >* was. Oh yeah, and after running it through a
passwd cracker, you
> >hopefully would get some valid passwords and then you
could use them to
> The passed file is NOT shadowed. The * in the password field
> login has been disabled for that account. Have you noticed
that when you
Depends on the shadow suite. Sometimes a * designates shadow.
> view a password file on some systems (not through ftp),
> have * and others have jumbled text? And in the case that
No.. he was talking about every account having a '*'.
> It's not just you. I find that social engineering and
"physical" hacking are
> the best ways in. Without a doubt, the human interface is
the weakest link in
To you and the other person arguing these points.. think about
it from the
learning aspect of things. What do you learn by breaking into
a system via
> gain root access to our experimental server. Being quite
green in the area of
> exploits, I opted for a "physical" hack. I "found"
So rather than explore the system and learn more about how
it works, you
opt for the other method?
> ...gee I wonder. Well, no one else was able to gain access,
> cheated. Is there a moral? Sysadmins, sometimes hackers
cheat, patches aren't
Like I said to the other guy. Try that with my system. You
can't SE me out
of info. You can try to break into my place, but remember that
day" law. I will be more than happy to knee-cap you.
> Do you notice that she never says -how- to exploit ftp,
ssh or finger to
> break into machines? She says it's an ethics thing,
that telling newbies
> would be irresponsible. But what she doesn't tell
you is that SHE DOESN'T
> KNOW HOW. Carolyn Meinel is a clueless newbie of the
To further this point, if it were so bad to give the exploit
info out, she
could easily take the 'full disclosure' method and post the exploit
with the fix information. No harm there.
> >I heard somewhere that Macs make up 20% of the servers
on the Internet,
Yeah. Apple had an infomercial that claimed just over 80%
of the servers
on the net were Macs. That infomercial is no longer being played.
please make this anonymous (is this the right address anyway
OK first I've got a small silly question : is there a way to
program on a remote anonymous ftp site. See there's this site
manage to upload an exploit and change permission to 555 but
seem to execute it. Ive tried the obvious quote site exec
... but it only
works for ls ; with anything else than ls it will go
200 - exploit
200 - (end of exploit)
MODEM JAMMER HOAX
>What does the program modem jammer do exactly does anybody
>I ran it then called my friend with caller I.D. He
knew who I was when I
>called so it don't work against ESS or caller ID. It's
>your call from being traced. But I have not observed
this happening. I
>could mail you a copy but it's all over the place on hack
>so being conspiracy minded......I was just wondering.....need
LOL It's just some joker's way of messing the clueless.
It's a hoax program, much like APEX. A *.zip file I d'loaded
once upon a
time had a *.com program that was an ad for a BBS that the joker
promoting. In the ad, he even admits the program is a hoax.
Please make this anonymous. Thank you.
I have looked all over the place for Windows NT servers on
the net. I
can't find any. I don't really know what to look for to
know if I found
one. How do I find servers that are running Windows NT
and how do I know
if I have found a server running Windows NT?
Moderator: GTMHH Vol. 3 No. 2 on how to map the Internet shows
techniques whereby one may often learn what kind of box you have
Hey, how come most of you guys who archive the GTMHHs dont
have this one
up? It is at the http://www.infowar.com site, under Hackers
forum. Or I
can email you a copy.
From: Robert Eickmann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Win95 TCP/IP Tracing
Does anybody know of a program that will show what is being
sent over a
Windows 95 based tcip connection, and store it in a log file?
I know that a packet sniffer will give me most of this information,
but I am
trying to do this over a Win95 Dial up networking connection.
Do I have to
patch the tcp/ip protocol to do this or is there a sniffer that
me this information.
Any help would be great Thankx!
"It does not take much thought to talk to teachers"
-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
GAT GCS d s+:+ a-- c++ l e++ w+++ n++ o+>++ w+++$ O+++$
t++ 5++ x+++ r* tv+ b+++++ di+++ d++ g++ e* h* !r !z+
------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------
From: the Phreaked One <email@example.com>
>Moderator: IMHO, trying to discuss ethics without referring
to experts in
>ethics such as Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King is like
>discuss TCP/IP without referencing RFCs.
Referring to Ethics without them is easy. There
is no one ethical way.
As one travels between cultures the ethics will change.
They don't change
because of different religious views (although that does help
they change because every society is different and wants to be
Ethics also change with time. As time changes
so do peoples experience.
There is also not one single definition of ethics. Everyone
has there own
definition. One person may be OK with going out and killing
45 people, who
is to say he is wrong. Maybe someone feels he is not wronging
a child by
molesting him/her. What make these things wrong though
to that person?
The same thing that makes everything else wrong, common courtesy.
The Golden Rule says, Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you.
Basically if you wouldn't want those 45 people to murder you
then don't do
it yourself. I the case of the child molester though he
may have actually
wanted adults to molest him as a child (as sick as that may sound),
just needs psychological help.
The point I am trying to get across is simple, though
my jumbled writing
style may have confused you. Ethics is not about, oh he's
a bad man for
doing that. It's why did he do that, what makes him do
hacking, people fear hackers because the media portrays them
(I only have
the mentality, not the skill) as anti-social criminals who break
systems and format the hard disk or steal thousands of dollars
card numbers stolen from TRW. They arent hackers
though (personally I call
any hacker who does malicious actions with his/her talent a cracker),
hackers have ethics of there own and the people on the outside
them. Hackers ethics say look, don't touch. Hackers
don't break into
systems to do damage, they do so just to do it, or possibly so
can get some sort of information off of a system (not credit
Again people don't look at motives as much as they see
actions. And we as
hackers (well some of you, not me) are the most misunderstood
of the bunch.
We are mentioned on Service Merchandise commercials as
liars cheats and
thieves. That is just not true, people need to look
at us not as hackers
but as curious. We more then anyone else should understand
misunderstood. Just remember next time you hack a system
and decide to do
damage that not only is it against the law but also if you were
sysadmin of that system (and don't say well I'm not so there),
want to clean up after some "cracker."
the Phreaki Tikki
BAGHDAD SEES INTERNET AS END OF CIVILIZATION
An editorial in the Iraqi government newspaper Al-Jumhuriya
says that the
Internet -- which is not accessible in Iraq -- is "the end
cultures, interests, and ethics," and "one of the American
means to enter
every house in the world. They want to become the only
controlling human beings in the new electronic village."
(AP 17 Feb 97)
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