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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

Summercon 99 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) for the weekend of
June 4-6th, at the Omni Hotel (which is also headquarters for Cable
Network News). Happy Hacker Clown Princess, Carolyn Meinel, will speak and
also teach hacking with a live Internet connection (if the hotel doesnt
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 hackers alike.

Admission to this con is free!  Learn more about it at
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 Melissa
Scott (Trouble and her Friends) into threatening to produce a computer
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 newspapers,
getting run down by tanks, being tortured to death for speaking out
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 and maybe
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, apparently
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 the hacked
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 of computer
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 indicted for
crimes against the web site of the U.S. Information Agency as well as
LaserNet of Fairfax, Va., and Issue Dynamics Inc. of Washington, DC.

According to news stories first reported at http://Antionline.com, this
week the FBI has raided and arrested several dozen hackers, many, if not
all of them somehow associated with Zyklon and gH.  These apparently
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 shutting down
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 can three
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, lots of
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.  Please dont
give the FBI and White House excuses to round up large numbers of
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 camps
and their homes, land and businesses stolen by the government.  Their only
crime was to be of Japanese ancestry.

Wont ever happen again, you say?  In 1983 the US Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) drew up plans to throw several hundred thousand
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 the most
prominent US hackers, for example Mudge of The L0pht
(http://www.l0pht.com), Pete Shipley who runs the dc-stuff hackers mail
list and Dis Org Crew (http://www.dis.org) and Michael Schiffman (AKA
Route), who runs Phrack (http://phrack.org).  News stories say Villella
now conducts training for the FBI and Federal intelligence agencies.

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 to be
involved in FEMA-style activities again.  I just bring up his case to
remind you of how easily the Federal government can infiltrate hacker

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.  In the
current hysteria, many innocent people are in danger of going to jail.


 *** 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 Antionline providing
the mail services for our ezines.

If you know Windows, if you are totally opposed to computer crime but
understand that hacking is what makes cyberspace free and 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 contact
Carolyn Meinel, , 505-281-0490.

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