May 27, 1999
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Happy Hacker Unix editor, Meinel to speak at Summercon
Gallatin, Meinel at Cyberspace Free Speech Seminar
gH Gang battles FBI over massive raids, arrests
Windows editor needed
*** Happy Hacker Unix editor, Meinel to speak at
Summercon 99 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) for
the weekend of
June 4-6th, at the Omni Hotel (which is also headquarters
Network News). Happy Hacker Clown Princess, Carolyn Meinel,
will speak and
also teach hacking with a live Internet connection (if the
renege on its promise of an analog phone line or blow up
my modem by
giving me a digital line instead). Our anonymous Unix
editor will also be
there to lend a helping hand to newbies and sophisticated
Admission to this con is free! Learn more about
http://www.summercon.org. Hope to see you there!
*** Gallatin, Meinel at Cyberspace Free Speech Workshop
If you someday get to play an online, multiplayer game
called You Dont
Know Jack about Free Speech, you can blame Corey Gallatin!
It all started at a May 22 through 25 seminar "Freedom
Beyond Borders: The
Future of the First Amendment in Cyberspace." I was
held at the Media
Center of the American Press Institute in Reston, Virginia.
Gallatin, who runs the routers at our Hacker Wargame,
is alleged to have
incited a bunch of new media folks and science fiction author
Scott (Trouble and her Friends) into threatening to produce
game that would have at least as much blood and mayhem as
Quake or Doom if
the bad guys get the better of the free speech folks.
It happens in real
life, folks -- people sneaking down alleys distributing banned
getting run down by tanks, being tortured to death for speaking
against tyranny. And it could happen here.
If you are a computer game programmer -- please contact
us. If you join
the game team you get to hang out with some really cool people
help make the world a freer, better place.
Read about our adventures at the Media Center at
*** gH Gang battles FBI over massive raids, arrests
Right now a massive series of raids and arrests are underway,
centering around the gH gang. What apparently tripped
it off was the May
2 hack of the White House web site by someone claiming to
be Zyklon of gH.
We mention this story in an Inside Happy Hacker ezine because
White House site included an insult against me. Of
course I cried myself
to sleep over this -- NOT.
On May 8 the FBI arrested Eric Burns, 19, on three counts
intrusion. Burns is believed by some to be Zyklon.
While he has not been
charged (so far) with the White House attack, he has been
crimes against the web site of the U.S. Information Agency
as well as
LaserNet of Fairfax, Va., and Issue Dynamics Inc. of Washington,
According to news stories first reported at http://Antionline.com,
week the FBI has raided and arrested several dozen hackers,
many, if not
all of them somehow associated with Zyklon and gH.
include two who are well known to people using the Happy
Hacker IRC server
at otter.happyhacker.org: MostHated and Coolio.
May 26 the gH gang struck back with attacks that included
the FBI web site with denial of service attacks. In
response the FBI
faxed requests to many Internet service providers and universities
requesting that they save copies of all email, logs etc.
belonging to a
long list of suspects. These suspects include cult
hero, well-known for
his Temple of Hate at http://www.attrition.org. Cult
hero has previously
been raided in connection with the Hacking for Girliez hacks
of the New
York Times and Rt66 Internet. Damage associated with
the Hacking for
Girliez rampage has been estimated at over $3 million.
Duh. DUH! People, if any of you are even THINKING
of protesting ANYTHING
by committing computer crime, first say DUH as loud as you
times. Hacking high profile web sites only puts pressure
on the FBI to
arrest somebody. Anybody. Lots and lots of somebodies.
If the pressure
from, lets say residents of the White House gets strong enough,
innocent people could get arrested. If you want the
world to hear what
you have to say, you are free today to set up your own web
site and anyone
on the Internet will be free to see what you have to say.
give the FBI and White House excuses to round up large numbers
suspected hackers. It really is possible that thousands
of us someday
could get rounded up into concentration camps as threats
to society --
regardless of how innocent we are. Ask the hundreds
of thousands of US
citizens who, in World War II, were rounded up into concentration
and their homes, land and businesses stolen by the government.
crime was to be of Japanese ancestry.
Wont ever happen again, you say? In 1983 the US
Management Agency (FEMA) drew up plans to throw several hundred
legal immigrants from Central America into concentration
camps if we
invaded Nicaragua. News stories claimed this was done
in the part of FEMA
run by Fred Villella. Mr. Villella, known as Uncle
Fred by the hackers
who work for him, recently has given contracts to many of
prominent US hackers, for example Mudge of The L0pht
(http://www.l0pht.com), Pete Shipley who runs the dc-stuff
list and Dis Org Crew (http://www.dis.org) and Michael Schiffman
Route), who runs Phrack (http://phrack.org). News stories
now conducts training for the FBI and Federal intelligence
This does NOT mean that Villella and his contractors are
up to anything.
Villella may well have decided that after being raked over
the coals over
and over again in Congressional hearings that he never wants
involved in FEMA-style activities again. I just bring
up his case to
remind you of how easily the Federal government can infiltrate
Duh. Now will you people who hack web sites please
think about setting a
good example of what freedom of speech means by putting up
your own web
sites and not hacking those of other people or organizations?
All you are
doing is giving the Feds the pretext to lock up lots of people.
current hysteria, many innocent people are in danger of going
*** Windows Editor Needed
It is with great sadness that we must say good bye to
our Windows editor,
Keydet89. He has resigned, citing his opposition to
the mail services for our ezines.
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fun, if you
arent afraid of controversy, if you want to make a difference
in the lives
of the people who will learn from your Windows Digests, please
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