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
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
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
which publishes "The Happy Hacker" book and who
is a witness to the FBI
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
Consultant" he runs a Unix help desk as his daily job,
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
*** New at the Happy Hacker Web Site
* Don't want people snooping on you when you go online?
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
http://www.apbonline.com/gfiles of FBI files on many celebrities.
that the FBI just cannot resist snooping on famous folks.
Gosh, now that
the FBI is bothering her, does this mean Meinel is getting
* Erratum: In the last Inside Happy Hacker announcement
we gave the URL for
the screen shot of EtherPeek detecting a stealth ports scan
http://www.happyhacker.org/Epscreen-fin.JPG. The correct
*** Book Review: Maximum Security
Maximum Security : A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your
Internet Site and
Amazon.com price: $39.99
You Save:$10.00 (20%)
Availability: This title usually ships within
Paperback - 829 pages 2nd Bk&cdr edition September
Sams; ISBN: 0672313413 ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.19 x 9.07
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")
write anonymously. According to the first edition,
"In the late 1980s, the
author was convicted of a series of financial crimes after
technique to circumvent bank security in Automatic Teller
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
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
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
PS. Just who is "Anonymous"? According
to Winn Schwartau, he's William Wagner.
You can find Maximum Security for sale at the Happy Hacker
This provides a
click through to purchase it directly from Amazon.com.
*** More Book Info
From: Lord Chr0n0s <email@example.com>
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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This is all a plot to save your immortal souls!
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