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Dec. 8, 1998
See the Happy Hacker web site at http://www.happyhacker.org

Inside this report:
* Press conference to detail FBI harassment of Happy Hacker
* New editor
* New at the Happy Hacker web site
* Book review: Maximum Security (and some other book info)

 *** Press Conference to Detail FBI Harassment of Happy Hacker

 At 11 AM Dec. 16 we will hold a press conference in New York City to unveil
evidence of serious FBI harassment of Happy Hacker.  If you are with the
media and wish to be invited or get on our press release list, please
contact us at 505-281-0490.

 To get the news from this press conference fast, listen to Geek Radio at
e=geek.  Starting at 11 AM Dec. 16th, David Lawrence will air his audio
interviews of both Meinel and Dr. Mark Ludwig, owner of American Eagle,
which publishes "The Happy Hacker" book and who is a witness to the FBI
intimidation efforts.

 At the press conference we also will unveil good news for Hacker Wargame

 *** New Editor

 You will soon be seeing new Happy Hacker Digests, this time with two
editors. We haven't yet decided on who will edit a Digest series on Windows
and beginner hacking.  However, those of you who are more advanced will be
excited to learn that Gerry Mullins will put out a Digest on Unix and
advanced hacking topics.  We got many other offers fro help from talented
and knowledgeable people, and hope that they will also help out by writing
for the Digests, or perhaps even writing GTMHHs.

 Gerry Mullins has experience with the Linux, HPUX, SUN OS 4.3.1, Solaris
2.6, and AT&T SVR3 varieties of Unix.  As an "Engineering and Scientific
Consultant" he runs a Unix help desk as his daily job, and moonlights
teaching "UNIX for Advanced Users" at a technical college.  Mullins also
edits the Avatar MUD weekly newsletter, and writes editorials for each issue. 

 Please email your questions about Unix and other advanced topics to Mullins
at unixeditor@cmeinel.com.


 *** New at the Happy Hacker Web Site

* Don't want people snooping on you when you go online?  See Lady
Whitewolf's privacy tips, linked from our home page, http://www.happyhacker.org.

* And, while you are at our home page, click on the link to the FBI files on
humor columnist Mike Royko.  It will take you to an archive at
http://www.apbonline.com/gfiles of FBI files on many celebrities.  It seems
that the FBI just cannot resist snooping on famous folks.  Gosh, now that
the FBI is bothering her, does this mean Meinel is getting famous too?

* Erratum:  In the last Inside Happy Hacker announcement we gave the URL for
the screen shot of EtherPeek detecting a stealth ports scan as
http://www.happyhacker.org/Epscreen-fin.JPG.  The correct URL was

 *** Book Review: Maximum Security

Maximum Security : A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and

List Price:$49.99 
Amazon.com price: $39.99 
You Save:$10.00 (20%) 
Availability: This title usually ships within
2-3 days. 

Paperback - 829 pages 2nd Bk&cdr edition September 1998)  
Sams; ISBN: 0672313413 ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.19 x 9.07 x 7.36 
   You can tell right away that the author of Maximum Security knows a thing
or two about the hacker scene because he (yes, it is a "he") decided to
write anonymously.  According to the first edition, "In the late 1980s, the
author was convicted of a series of financial crimes after developing a
technique to circumvent bank security in Automatic Teller Machine systems." 

  However, Maximum Security is not just another haxsploitation book such as
Secrets of a Superhacker or Forbidden Secrets of the Legion of Doom Hackers.
It is up to date.  It discusses how to break into and defend Unix, Windows
NT, Macintosh, Novell and VMS systems.   It covers everything from port
scanners to denial of service attacks.  Most important, it provides URLs
which can be linked from the CD-ROM that comes with the book to the best
sites to get tools to attack or defend all of today's most important
computer systems. 

    If you are a newbie, Maximum Security will leave you scratching your
head.  It offers no keystroke-by-keystroke explanations of how to break into
computers. This book assumes the reader is already familiar with networking
and programming.  However, anyone who is a systems
administrator, or who has absorbed the basics taught at the Happy Hacker web
site or in The Happy Hacker book should find Maximum Security to be the most
valuable hacker handbook on the planet. 

    It's one of the best-selling computer security books today.  Its first
printing is said to have sold out in just two weeks! -- Carolyn Meinel 

PS.  Just who is "Anonymous"?  According to Winn Schwartau, he's William Wagner.

You can find Maximum Security for sale at the Happy Hacker bookstore at
http://www.happyhacker.org/general.htm#Maximum Security.  This provides a
click through to purchase it directly from Amazon.com.

      *** More Book Info
From: Lord Chr0n0s <hismajesty@portzer0.8m.com>

http://www.developer.com/reference/r_library.html contains lots of books on
Unix, Linux, TCP/IP, programming, and more, and is better than mpc.com in my

From: "ELECTRICzero" <ELECTRICzero@prodigy.net>

    I just read your review of "The Watchman" and basically agreed with your
analysis, Littman seemed to be on Paulsens side. Kevin; however, seems to be
against this book... (at) http://catalog.com/kevin/ there is a quite amusing
quiz on the book there also.

Happy hacking, folks! 
 -- Carolyn Meinel


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Foo on you! Happy Hacker is a 501 (c) (3) tax deductible organization 
in the United States operating under Shepherd's Fold Ministries. Yes! 
This is all a plot to save your immortal souls!

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