Happy Hacker Digest Feb. 24-25, 1997
This is a moderated list for discussions of *legal* hacking.
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Happy hacking! No one is wise at all times -- Pliny
URL O the Day: http://www.3com.com/nsc/501302s.html
has an excellent tutorial on Internet Protocol. Tip courtesy
of T.Q.D.B., posted to the dc-stuff list.
FTP site O the Day: ftp.dimensional.com /users/jericho/security/unsubscribe.mailist.perl
is a script that will automatically fix the type of email bomb
attack that subscribes you to thousands of email lists. But get
it to work you need to be using a POP server on a Unix box and
save the initial flood of email until all the new welcome
to the Tomato Twaddler list messages stop coming in. Also, you
cna only process less than a thousand messages at a time, or
else memory requiremetns get out of hand. This script searches
the email for welcome messages, extracts unsubscribe information,
and automatically sends out messages to unsubscribe from them.
Table of Contents
Email Bomb Stuph
Looking for French-Speaking Hackers
Australian Hackers Unite!!!
More on IRC
Covering Your IP Tracks
Win 95 Question
EMAIL BOMB STUPH
Moderator: I got two email bombs Sunday night to the address
. The ISP that handles that email address
did some profoundly stupid things. They run on Unix boxes, yet
two tech support guys were asking me /dev/null? Whats
that? We never heard of that device! So until I get things
sorted out, dont use that address, Im taking the
easy (for me) way out and just bouncing all messages back at
the router for a few days in the hopes that the owners of all
the lists that I got subscribed to will get tired of the
bounced messages and take me off.
But, seriously, even though email bombs are at most a mild
annoyance to me, they are a serious problem for the average Internet
user. Every time some social retard puts up a Web site full of
email bomb download options and a message saying Im
a kewl hacker cuz I know how to put email bomb downloads
on my site, he or she is making hackers look like noxious
dunces. Now you know and I know that there are hackers who have
more brains than that and who adhere to the hacker ethic of do
no harm. But the guys who are trying to persuade the world
that hacking = email bombing are working hard to get a witch
hunt going against us.
You know what? If I wanted to get harsh laws passed against
hackers, Id pay people to put up those pseudo-hacker email
bomb download sites. Look at history -- this is a common tactic.
So is anyone paying hackers to be agents provocateurs? Or are
these guys blackening the name of hackers as their idea of fun?
I dont know. but if anyone comes up with evidence that
any of these guys are taking money from law enforcement agencies,
Id sure like to see it.
Is there any way that I can find the identity of a prat who
me, shutting down AOL's UK Mail servers?
He/She is a social retard, and used the anomonious.com mail
initiate the bomb.
Does the information in the GTMHH stand, or not.
My local police force are starting an investigation, but I
would like to
know who did it myself, so me and my many, many friends can publicly
By the way, I am all for freedom of speech, but Child Pornography
freedom of speech, it's visual - so it ain't speech. Saying
child porn is freedom of speech! Get your facts right.
Please keep this anon!!!!!
Here's a copy of the 'bomb. Not very sophisticated,
I know, but it's a
pain in the a****!
Subj: I really don't like you at all
Date: 23/02/97 14:39:59
To: (Identity suppressed by moderator)
I like E-MAIL bombing, it allows you to express your
anger against other people without using violence, and
in a complete anonymous way. If you don't think so,
then try to track me down, I dare you!!
By the way, I'm totally against child porn, but
that doesn't give me the right to decide the fate
of the webmasters of such sites, it all comes
with something called freedom of speech, and if you
don't like it, then let the authorities know,
let them take care of that, that's what they're here
From: Inigo Gonzalez <email@example.com>
On Sun, 16 Feb 1997 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Moderator: Email bombing is a denial of service
attack. If the attack
> Stop. That is a blanket statement that is untrue in some
cases. If you
> email bomb someone by subscribing them to 1000 mail lists,
and they are
> sitting on a T3 or better, running a mail server with half
a gig of RAM,
> and a few gigs for the mail spool, it is not a denial of
> You are not stopping them from using any service. You are
simply being a
> pain in the ass. If you do the same to someone on a P5/32M/1.2g
> 28.8 static connection, you are then denying them service.
IMHO the DoS/AssPain doesn't need to come just from outside:
There are some e-mail programs which reply you automatically
once you send something to email@example.com (Netscape among others).
Usually firstname.lastname@example.org is just an alias for several e-mail
addresses (projects and so forth) in the same organization. If
you subscribe email@example.com to 1000 mailing lists, it will fill
every mailing list with an auto-reply ant it will be sent back
to him... unfortunately there is no X-Mail-Loop or something
present so every e-mail coming from the list will be:
1- Resent to all aliases.
2- Quoted and resent to list.
3- list will repost step 1
4- unless (disk full || unsubscribed) -> goto 1
5- Fix the program (or just get a better one).
I don't know why; but people is too much focused on
bombing nowadays instead of finger-wars /etc...
I=F1igo Gonzalez <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
Don't waste your money. Hire a hacker for more
than "just security" stuff -- my53lf
LOOKING FOR FRENCH-SPEAKING HACKERS
Robert Prouse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello from French Polinesia :-)
I'm a lonely hacker here, and I'm looking for French link, News
Can you help me?
I'm looking also about TRANSPAC information and local dial-up...
Thanks in advance...
And sorry for my English cos I'm French. ;-) Congratulation for
to Harmless Hacking. Very interesting.
Bye Bye !!!
AUSTRALIAN HACKERS UNITE!
This is in responce to Dunebuggy's call for more hackers from
There are plenty of hackers in Australia, and likewise just Carolyn
there are plenty on this list. However the majority of them..
have taken up email forwarding addresses - so you may not realise
Another thing is that we LIKE to hang out discussing
systems from the
US.. that way the likelihood of us getting into trouble is diminished,
instead of going "how do i get into telstra bigpond?"
we look at systems n
Pop into infowar's irc server at www.infowar.com port 6667
and you'll see
what i mean. We may be a minority.. but we're here.
Moderator: Watch out, hacking foreign computers does not make
you safe. For example, in the US, if you hack from inside the
country into a foreign computer, the first thing that does is
give jurisdiction for the crime to the FBI. The second thing
it does is create the potential for a diplomatic incident, especially
if someone gets the idea you are doing industrial espionage.
It doesnt matter if you are innocent. Just ask Kevin Mitnick,
who wound up as Americas most wanted computer criminal
with his picture on the front page on the _New York Times_ newspaper.
Mitnicks crime was basically being a pest and getting a
reporter, John Markoff, really mad at him. Note to the guys who
like to hack and email bomb me: I am a reporter, too!;^)
MORE ON IRC
From: Cerenyx <email@example.com>
In reply to the email,
If they were oped by this person called "ChanServ"
,then it means that they were registered as ops of this channel
the administrative 'bot on the server. In short, they are rightfully
the ops of the channel!
As to how you take over a channel,
Sometimes in IRC, a netsplit occurs. For example,
A, B, C and D are 4 IRC servers on the Internet. They are
connected by these
lines "----". There are people on all 4 of the servers.
When a netsplit occurs,
lets say, server A's lines will disappear, causing servers B
, D and A itself
to be unable to communicate with C. B and D will also not be
able to communicate
with A. When that happens, people in the servers will be seen
quitting one by
one. Chances are, there will only be you left. Then you quit
and rejoin again,
as if creating a new channel. Then you'll be ops! But the channel
been registered with ChanServ, and in that case it will deop
<snip from HH 3-3>
>Yes, on IRC it is possible to identify the dynamically
>assigned IP address of your home computer and send stuff
directly to your
>modem! If the bully has a decent computer, he or she may
be able to ping
>yours badly enough to briefly knock you out of IRC.
Can your ISP detect a ping -l or ping -f? (would this be considered
<snip from HH 3-3>
>If they were able to sneak into the channel and get OPs just
>chances are they are much more experienced and dangerous
than you are.
Just curious, but this happened to me the other day...how
do they perform
such an act? (it had a message that the server itself oped them)
From: Marko Samastur <Marko.Samastur@fmf.uni-lj.si>
Well, congratulations. You just prove that you don't have
a clue about
psychology. But let's get come to this a bit later.
First I'd like to say that I'm not against SE. On the contrary,
it so often that I don't count anymore. And yes, it 's very helpful
gain access to computers or even to get into one. But, it never
never will be hacking. That's all basically, what I want to make
And about my ability to hack people. My sister was with me when
reading HH digest and she couldn't stop laughing. Why? If I'm
something, then it's in manipulation and knowing people (actually,
much better in this than in computers, but I'm working on it).
people are not hard to hack. Actually at least for me it's nothing
easier then to see when someone is lying (there are dozens of
signs and if you would spend just one day at library, you should
to recognize them even if you have no talent for psychology at
and the answer to other questions is yes, I can do it (but feel
doubt). In a way, people are like dogs, with little experience
becomes quite obvious what they are up to.
And about getting out some more. Why do you think I don't know
computers more than I do? ;)
A little test, for you intergalactic (the results you can email
address). How much you can tell about me (if at least profession
aprox. age are not obvious to you, then leave SE alone)?
And to Bernz. In general I agree with you. It's just that
I like to have
words well defined (like in math), so it's less confusion out
this is what has been done to word hacker. That's all. :)
COVERING YOUR IP TRACKS
I was recently on the web browsing some pages when I
came across a page
that said I was in big trouble for accessing it and that they
had my IP
address and that it was 188.8.131.52.... Do you think that they
my IP? or is it just another HTML trick like saying Click
here to see what
I know about your HD and having a link to file://c:\
( I have done that
and its fun seeing people freak out). If they do have my IP then
how can I
prevent this from happening in the future?
Moderator: Yes, they really had your IP address. To cover
your tracks while browsing, start out at one of the Web sites
that anonymizes you. Several URLs for these have been posted
in back issues of the Digests, archived at http://www.infowar.com
under Hackers forum, under Happy Hacker Digests topic. But dont
count on those anonymizer Web sites being your friends -- cyberspace
is a murky place.
From: "Stephen James" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have the Linux packages on /dev/hda1. I mounted it
with the "mount -t
msdos (yes, it's a msdos drive) /dev/hda1 /dosc" command
("can't find the a
series"). Setup can't recognize this pre-mounted partition.
I am sure I
have gone through the proper menus. I also tried to install
Setup tells me that "this does not look like the correct
disk." I have an
"a1" directory on each of the disks. When I let
Setup mount the partition
for me, it still says (after I input the source directory) that
find the a series.
I 'm sorry for the length of this message, but I wanted
to give you a
clear picture of my problem so that you can possibly help me.
I have an
IBM PS/1, 486 SX/2 with 8 MB of RAM
This is my first time posting so bear with me...I am quite
the newbie and I'd
like to install Linux on my PC. I have downloaded the software
successfully set it up on a separate hard drive (d:) but my problem
Windows 95 (c:) seems to more or less hate the Linux Native
format of drive
D. In fact, when I start the computer my pretty picture
comes up as my
background but it sits there...no icons, no start menu, nothing!
In order to
make Win 95 act sensibly again I have to re-format the second
drive as a DOS
format. I would like to have Linux accessible by boot disk
and running apart
from Windows. Any help on how I can get Windows 95 to,
in essence, ignore or
accept the second hard drive containing Linux would be greatly
Thanks for posting this...
-=- Jackal -=-
Moderator: On my Win 95 system I have to turn the computer
off -- not just control-alt-delete, but actually power down.
Then I put the Linux Loader (Lilo) disk in the a: drive and turn
it back on. This is the only way I can get it to work consistently.
Several times I got going by starting off the CD-ROM basically
by pretending I was installing Linux. But that s***s. Anyone
know a better way to make Win95 behave with Linux?
From: PsyChadEl <email@example.com>
Thanx for the info on the keylogger Xenakis...
>-----> Keylogger95, is currently not available at Silicon's
>It is easy to install, but it makes multiple files, and it
>small gray toolbar
>icon that says upon opening "Minimize this window."
(good luck trying to
If anyone wants KeyLogger95, which dumps the keys into only
one file and
says something else instead of "Minimize this window."
(or nothing at all),
then please mail me and I'll pass it on to U. It's a little version
that I hexed...
AGAIN: If anyone has any info on windows apis or any other
dlls that could
help in writing a dll - or know of some way by which I could
KeyLogger95, then please let me know.
Thanx, Dunebuggy for the name of the man with the wicked wicked
** * * * * * * * * * * *
* I found it hard, *
* It was hard to find, *
* A will,
* - Kurt Cobain 67-94 *
* * * * * * * * * * * **
I've been looking around my ISP and found a file pwd.db in
the /etc dir.
What exactly is this..?
Also, how do i detect whether a remote system is running NIS
or NFS? When
I do rpcinfo -p hostname, and it comes up 2049/NFS or whatever..
suggesting that it's running NFS. If it doesn't show NFS and
connect does that mean that it's NIS by default..?
...Please anonymise this message...
I recently read your gtmhh 1-6, and you said that you telneted
to port 80 on phreak.org and received their html source for
an error message. I tried telneting to port 80 on some random
computers, and got nothing.
How did you get it? The reason I care is, couldn't you just
cut && paste to your local browser and see the page?
Further more, why not telnet to a port with a password-protected
page, get the source and view (not for any porn, for privileged
information)? The cgi password script couldn't be implemented
on a port(80) daemon could it? All this has probably been thought
of before, and been fixed, but I just thought it would be pretty
Moderator: the point of that little experiment was to show
that different Web servers, which are typically what you find
running on port 80, can use different software. In that case
it was fun getting that error message because that told me what
software was running on that port. But the port 80 that you played
with was running different software. So you didnt hit that
As some hackers have so pointedly flamed me, I need to make
it clear that once you get to a port, your phun has only begun.
Next step is to figure out what is running on that port. Then
the next step is to find out if there are known problems with
that software. Next, and by far the most elite step, is to discover
something new. But in the process of discovering something new
you might cause that box to crash, hang, or even, who knows,
dump you into a root shell. So I strongly advise doing the really
serious probing only on your own box or that of a consenting
person or company. Then if you make a significant discovery you
can take credit for it and become a well-paid security guru.
Sure, some people like having to sneak around an be impoverished
and spend time I jail, but I could discover a serious security
flaw, Id rather take the fame and money.
From: "Michael Todd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'm sure that this is some
type of hacking but it is for a good
cause. I need to get into a Novell 4.1 server with Admin rights.
you say? My reason is this: not for anything illegal, destructive
like but because of a problem. At the job where I work, our Network
left abruptly, leaving passwords on a lot of stuff and didn't
what they were. We have no way of tracking him down and we can
some programs, data and our user directories but cannot change
on the server. I have been promoted to Network Admin with the
that I'll get it all fixed. Ok, sure it's easy right? Down the
some files with a hex-editor...right? There's where the problem
Before he left, he also unplugged
the keyboard from the server. Now,
you can't plug the keyboard in on this particular server. Well,
you can but
it doesn't do any good. It's hard to down the server with no
need to be able to down the server from a remote computer or
password list. Keep in mind that no one has any admin rights
but the person
who left. RConsole will not work without rights. Calling Novell
option, I realize but at $200 bucks a call....
I really don't want to do
that because I want the company to trust
and depend on me. He took out all the backdoors that the company
had put in
so there's really nothing there. I don't want to just turn the
and watch it crash. There has to be a way to administer the server,
it, or change passwords or rights from a remote station without
rights. If anyone can help with this or if anyone knows anyone
please email me. I'd appreciate no flames or bombs....not really
mood to fight back at this time.
WIN 95 QUESTION
PLz post this anonymously.
I would like some info on how to change win95 boot up screen.
I have tried but I can't seem to achieve this.
Also could someone plz explain to me what exactly can be done
system registry and how it works.
I appreciate your help...thank you
From: "SauRON *THe* DaRKLORD" <email@example.com>
I have read the last version of the Happy Hacker. I
just wanted to quickly
know what is the NAME of the file on the Win '95 bootup that
like clouds. I have been trying to find that out for a
while. I HATE
I am t h e c h o s e n o n e
Moderator: You can find that file in c:\windows\clouds.bmp.
But perhaps what you really want to know is how to choose your
background so you dont have to look at boring clouds any
more? If that is the case, click start then settings
then control panel then display. The
clouds image is on the background menu.
You can pick from anything there, or make your own background.
If you want to create an insanely great background, heres
a kewl tip. Go to some really outrageous Web site. For example,
the hacked CIA Web site is archived at http://www.3rdplanet.com/~evan/gov/hacked/cia.
When you have your browser on the page of your choice, hit the
print screen button. This puts a Explorer bitmap
of the page into your Windows clipboard. Next click on start,
then programs then on Accessories then
your will see the program MSPaint. Double click on
MSPaint to run the program. Then in the MSPaint program click
on edit then click on paste. That puts
your image of your favorite deranged Web page into the paint
program. Then you can use the program to mess around and , um,
personalize the image. Then click on file, then click
on set as wallpaper. Voila, instant deranged wallpaper!
From: " Sebas ." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hey Carolyn and all!
I just discovered something:
When I connect to my ISP after writing the login and the password
they told me
to write ppp default.
I wrote ppp return and it said "enter IP Address" or
something like that instead
of default I tried telepac.pt and I got connected with telepac.pt
IP address but
I couldn't connect to anything but my ISP.
Anyone knows why this happens and how can I make it work?
This might sound like a rant so here goes....
This is the attitude of the experienced Hackers to
the Newbies. Who the
hell do you think they are? I am a newbie and how am I meant
to learn if
people are always putting me down without grounds? I don't WANT
information handouts! You can insert them up your anal passage
for all I
care. Not all newbies are ignorant tosses who want to act like
crash every system they can find. We ARE interested in learning
as much of a love of computers as you do. O.K? I'm going to take
a long lie
down in a darkened room.......
Secondly I think people who don't think SE is worth investing
time in.... I
feel sorry for you. My heart goes out. You must be THE saddest
loneliest people in existence. People NEED people. You can deny
emotions, try and be a machine, you can't change what you are.
Rant over. Where did I leave that bottle?
That's it for now.
(A young impressionable Prozac fiend)
From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have to say that on this occasion I agree with that guy
every one should be taught how to hack ,,,properly.. I mean its
learning how to port surf and finger ,but wouldn't I suppose
of us would like to know how to really hack,( break into systems
hack, leave calling cards on the system getting past passwords
around them, or spoof your own IP address,,.)
Really it is our lives and if we want to f**** it up then
tough for us , you
did warn us after all. I also disagree with Fantomphox as whether
a seasoned hacker or not, it doesn't matter, many ppl have learned
But what I must say is ` Isn't hacking a culture only graced
to those who
have the will and the patience to learn and read and to try out
exploits they find ?.` So many text files state `free access
information` well this wont happen if we just get a diluted
lesson on how
to hack. To be brutally honest Carol all you are doing is making
generation of diluted hackers. Carolyn do you work
for the FBI maybe to
teach the next generation to become newbies and to stay newbies..??
p.'s Ill end it here saying that while I wish to learn the
ways of an Elite
hacker ,I do want the decision to use it as I see fit ,be it
thanks for listening..
Moderator: Do I work for the FBI? Lets look at the evidence.
As reported by Wired magazine and Internet Underground magazine,
I hang out with computer crime detective Ira Winkler. I arranged
for our Hackers forum, archives and IRC chat group to be hosted
at http://www.infowar.com, which is probably the biggest computer
security site there is, serving narcs from all over the planet.
Why, I must be, I must be... duh, why that means I must be a
dedicated computer criminal, yeah, heh, heh... Ms. Reno, my check
is late!! Remember, you need me to keep all these newbies from