July 20, 1998
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
* Make NT run like
* Null Char
* Tritium accounts
* RE: AOL Hack
* Modern Hackers Desk Reference
* GT(M)HH in Portuguese
* Lamers ruin it again!
* Editorial: How do I get my message printed in the Happy
*** Make NT run like UNIX
Give your NT box
the capabilities of a Un*x box (well, almost...)
Have you been reading
all of those newsgroup posts
that tell newbies that they _must_ have Un*x or
Linux in order to "hack"?
Want to give your
NT box the ability to do some, if not all the
things a Un*x box can do? Well, you won't be able to
NT machine run circles around a Un*x box, but there are
freeware and shareware tools that you can load on your box:
servers and clients:
**Look under "Maintenance Utilities" for some Unix-like
For a bash shell
and development tools (ie, c/c++ compiler):
For a korn shell,
telnet/inet daemons, and access to
the Registry as a filesystem:
For Perl for Win32:
**look toward the bottom of the left-hand panel for the links...
So, if you're tired
of asking how to do somethings on NT, and receiving
"get Un*x" as the response, take a look at these
Your recent newletter
about virii reminded me of a recent "adventure" I had with one, actually a trojan.
I was studying how icq sends and receives messages,
and I found something on one of those dark, creepy hacker sites
which was called "icqrevenge", so i grabbed it
to take a look.
Winds up that this
program copies itself as system32.exe into the
windows/system dir and updates the registry to auto-execute
it every reboot. This program would log your machine
into an undernet channel, and keep you there (with hundreds
of others!) waiting for the author to pick his victim. Through
a lot of experimentation, an IRC friend and I discovered that
sending certain strings to the machines logged in to
the channel would reveal information about
your computer, and that the trojan had an ftp client in it, so
the author could log into your machine and have his
way. Anyway, I wanted to catch the one responsible
for this, but while I was gone one weekend, my friend
found the owner in the channel, and got into an irc war and
effectively got the channel shut down (set to invite only
now). This software is still on several sites
on the net, just search for icqrevenge.
this was an interesting story and wanted to pass it on.
*** Null Char
From: "Michael Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I would like to
strighten something out. the NULL character is not
Alt-255, but Alt-0. Alt-255 is a BLANK char.
They do have different
properties when it comes to breaking programs. Its
no big deal but
it needs to be strightened out.
*** Tritium accounts
There is a way
to make no ads come up when you have Tritium.
Just use your email address as the login name, example: email@example.com
and then you wont get any ads.
*** RE:AOL Hack
In regards to this.....It
can ONLY be done if the password has been stored
previsouly in the EDIT STORED PASSWORD area of AOL.
> *** AOL Hack
> From: <Suzbik@aol.com>>
> Hello,I am relativly new to the hacking scene,
but I do know quite a bit
> about computers and Win95. However, when it comes
to NT - I am
> a newbe, and UNIX - what is it?
> Anyway, I thought that it might be usefull for
you to know that
> if someone has AOL and you want to find out the
> logging on (you must be at the computer), all
you have to do is as
> Go to C:\AOL\IDB> Open the file called
Main.IDX in Wordpad
> Press Ctrl+F and search for one of the user names,
keep searching until
> you find the name with a password after it. It
is not encrypted!>
> Hope this helps.
*** Modern Hackers Desk Reference
From: Nik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Modern Hackers
*** GT(M)HH in Portuguese
Well now we have started to translate GT(M)HH in to Portuguese;
you find them at Portugujs:
is Wilson and he needs some help to translate them, it is too much for one person.
Write to (in English) email@example.com and I'll
forward your e-mail address to Wilson so that you can have a
chat about which ones to translate
From: wmiller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was on a new
Windows site, winfiles.com, and found a nifty
thing that watches up to 50 ports simutaneously watching
It's called NukeNabber,
and best of all it's freeware ;^)
You'll find it
in the winsock area.
*** Lamers ruin it again!
From: "Tom Piccin" <email@example.com>
I pray that you
post this in your digest because I need to get the word out somehow.
Not long ago, I
gave information about webfreaks (the free shell account) out to your list. I know
loads of your readers signed up for accounts there because
I got many emails asking me for more information after I posted.
Since this large influx of people, there are hundreds of
clueless newbies running rampant on the box. Yesterday
I telnet in and what do I see? Web access has been turned
off because of phf abuse. This sort of thing is happening
to much. The capabilities of the box is being stripped down
because hacker wannabes are running lame attacks on the account.
The Webfreaks shell account is the best out there, at
least that I have discovered (one of your readers argued
that you can't telnet out - you most certainly can!)
and people are ruining it :-(
*** How do I get my message printed in the Happy Hacker
From: Dale Holmes<firstname.lastname@example.org>
How do I get my
message printed in the Happy Hacker Digest?
It's easy really.
Here is the process I go through deciding
what to publish.
Each week I get
literally hundreds of messages for possible
inclusion in the Digest. I read each and every one of them.
Some messages are really flames - messages with foul language
and harsh, often unjustified, criticism. I read these messages,
ponder them seriously, laugh outrageously, then delete them.
They are usually intended to bad mouth me in particular,
and aren't for public consumption anyway.
Some messages are
really positive - offering thanks and praise,
but not including any technical information or tips for other
readers. These messages are great to receive; I read them
and appreciate them - thanks to all that send them! But,
delete these messages also, because they don't contain any
info that other readers of the Digest might find useful.
The last group
of messages are those that contribute some bit
of information - it could be a simple tip on where to find
something useful, or it could be some technical info about
a particular system or software product. With this type of
message, I will try to correct the spelling and grammar if
necessary, and then I will publish it in the Digest.
Sometimes a message
falls into more than one category. It may
contain useful tech tips, but at the same time contains obscenity
or foul language. I will usually print these messages, with
obscenity or foul language stripped out. Who decides what
or inappropriate? Well, I do! As editor, that's my job afterall...
You may not personally find the words $%^& or @#%!&(*
I have to edit with the entire reader base in mind; if even
may find it offensive, it has to go. The technical info is
the good stuff anyway, and that will still get printed.
So, with that in
mind, please send in your contributions! If you are
worried that you are not a guru in the topic discussed in
your article, relax! We all can learn from one another.
If we publish something that is not completely correct,
we will certainly receive a correction from some other reader,
and that will get printed too! If you really feel self concious
about it, research you topic before you write. You will
no doubt find out something that you didn't know, which
will be beneficial to us all when your article does
go to print.
Be prepared to
have your article reprinted all over the place. I often get requests from people to
reprint the editorials that I write. I tell them all that
it is OK to reprint my articles, provided that they credit me
author, and print theentire article with no additions or
ommisions. Your contributions to the Digest may turn
up in other places too. Be prepared to accept this.
We all want information to be shared openly, and freely, so that
anyone can learn as we have.
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