Inside Happy Hacker, June 3, 2000
What's new at http://happyhacker.org?
Heretic, a sci-fi thriller, by Jason Chapman, explores a not
too distant future in which cyber criminals have seized control
of the computer security industry. Chapman is a professional writer,
Unix sysadmin and webmaster. I (Carolyn Meinel) loved Heretic
so much that I read it straight through. Thank you, Jason, for
allowing us to make your novel available for free. http://happyhacker.org/cgi-bin/pageview.pl
Want to explore the hidden parts of Internet host computers from
your web browser? Learn things you can do even from an AOL account!
Screen shots show exactly how (we fubarred the names of our victims).
Do we suck? Vote on what the next Guides to (mostly) Harmless
Hacking should teach. http://www.egroups.com/polls/happyhacker
Speaking of whether we suck, check out the latest at the "It
sucks to be me" section (http://happyhacker.org/sucks/index.shtml).
It seems that no matter how much we make fun of computer criminals,
people still email me every day begging for help to commit crime.
Sheesh, they never even offer me money. Guess they think I would
be willing to go to jail for total strangers just out of the badness
of my heart. Important note: if anyone offers me money to commit
crime, I will contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Lots of these guys claim that they only want to learn how to
commit crime in order to play pranks on their "friends."
If anyone really, truly wants to play pranks that will win laughs
instead of a prison sentence, check out http://happyhacker.org/harmless/hex.shtml.
Bonus -- you will learn how to hex edit programs, one of the most
amazing hacking stunts on the planet.