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What Exactly Are Hacker Wars?

Hacker wars are attempts to damage people or organizations using cyberspace. There are several types of hacker war tactics. In this Guide we will discuss some of the more common attacks.

Web Page Hacking

Lots of people ask me, "How do I hack a Web page?" Alas, gentle reader, the first step in this process ought to be physiologically impossible and unsuitable for description in a family publication.

The typical Web page hack begins with getting write permission to the hypertext files on the Web server that has been targeted. Amazingly, some Web sites accidentally offer write permission to anyone (world writable)! If so, all the hacker warrior need do is create a bogus Web page, give it the same name as the desired page on the Web site to be hit, and then transfer it via ftp.

Otherwise it is usually necessary to first break into the Web server computer and gain root or administrative control.

Hacked web pages usually consist of dirty pictures and bad language. I have hunted down many hacked Web sites. Wise political analysis, witty repartee and trenchant satire have been absent from every one I have ever seen -- with the single exception of one hack in Indonesia by the East Timor freedom fighter group. Perhaps because they risked their lives to have their say, they made their hack count.

But maybe my standards are too high. Judge for yourself. Parental discretion and antinausea medicine advised. Collections of hacked Web pages may be found at http://www.skeeve.net/

However, even if someone's cause is good and their commentary trenchant, messing up Web sites is a pitiful way to get across a message. They are quickly fixed. One has to hack a really famous Web site to make it into an archive.

If you believe in freedom enough to respect the integrity of other people's Web sites, and are serious about making a political statement on the Web, the legal and effective way is to get a domain name that is so similar to the site you oppose that lots of people will go there by accident. For example, http://clinton96.org was hilarious, clean, effective, and legal. http://dole96.org was also taken by parody makers. They are both down now. But they were widely reported. Many political sites linked to them!

To get your web spoof domain name, go to http://internic.net. (Carolyn's note: since writing this, Network Solutions http://networksolutions.com has taken over registering US domain names. The American Registry for Internet Numbers ARIN, http://arin.net is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of administration and registration of Internet Protocol (IP) numbers for North America, South America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. Reseaux IP Europeens RIPE, http://www.ripe.net handles registrations for Europe, Middle East, and parts of Africa. The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre APNIC, http://www.apnic.net handles the Asia Pacific region.)
You will save a lot of money by purchasing it directly from them instead of through an intermediary. In fact, all you need to do is promise to buy a domain name. If you get tired of your parody Web site before you pay for it, people have told me they have just given the name back to Internic and no one demanded payment.

You can get punched in the nose by a giant corporation warning: If you get a parody domain name so you can put up a Web site that makes fun of a big corporation, even though you are not breaking the law, you may get sued. Even if you win the lawsuit, you could spend a lot of money in self defense. But you may be able to get lots of good publicity by alerting reporters to your plight before taking down your Web site. So in the end, especially if you get sued, you may make your views known to even more people than if you had hacked their Web site.

If you want to keep your Web site from being attacked, I recommend using a company that does nothing but host Web pages. This makes it easier to avoid being hacked. This is because the more services an Internet service provider offers, the more vulnerabilities it exposes. For example, my http://cmeinel.com is hosted by a Silicon Graphics box that does nothing but run a Web server. My @cmeinel.com email, by contrast, is hosted on a machine that does nothing but host a POP (post office protocol) server. For sending out email, I use yet another computer. (Carolyn's note: I keep on changing how I host Techbroker.)

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