Today in Tech History: November 16th

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Today in Tech History: November 16th

Post: # 140939Post DaFoxx
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:25 am

alright, it's a day late - bite me :)

got this from an Email from CBT Nuggets training guru's

looking for links to it also
Twenty-two years ago today, telephone companies in the United States were nervous. Threats had been received, and no one was sure how, or if, those threats would materialize.
The source of this anxiety was so new and little understood that news reports used quotation marks around the word: “hackers.”
On Nov. 16, 1990, three members of a group known as Legion of Doom were to be sentenced for hacking telecommunications giant BellSouth. In the days leading up to the sentencing, there had been warnings of telephone service disruptions.
“Non-specific threats had been made to invade the massive computers that control the telephone network but not to attack physical facilities,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
That sentence belies the power of LOD, at least to those who sought to stop them. A U.S. attorney was quoted as saying, "The Legion of Doom had the power to jeopardize the entire phone network.”
LOD members maintained that they only gained access to systems, and never caused any harm. November 16 came and went without any major problems for the companies–other than fielding calls from reporters asking about these “hackers.”


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Post: # 140942Post rapier57
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:59 pm

Here's a wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_of ... hacking%29


And, here is a link to text files from that era:

http://www.textfiles.com/phreak/

And, you really need to run though this site to get a feel for the history and timeline:

http://www.thocp.net/reference/hacking/ ... m#timeline
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Re: Today in Tech History: November 16th

Post: # 140953Post Aspman
Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:43 pm

LoD, remember them and Cult of the Dead Cow.

Haxors are sooo dull these days.
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Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:49 pm

Agreed. So dreadfully dull.

You'd think they would be more sophisticated these days. More, they seem to be a buncha ignorant louts.
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Re: Today in Tech History: November 16th

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Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:16 am

thats because they make it too easy....script kiddies have no real understanding of how things work just how to work things.....

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Re: Today in Tech History: November 16th

Post: # 140959Post DaFoxx
Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:15 pm

agreed, the interweb has made it easier to find things
but to actually UNDERSTAND
that has not changed, but todays 'tards think they click n play and be considered 'L33t' :D

maybe back then the ONLY way to progress WAS to understand, and to be able to actually DO it
maybe the interweb does have an Achilles heel :?
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Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:22 pm

In a way, this is a good thing. The FBI and others depend on this ignorance and non-understanding to track down and jail the baddies. Just in the meantime, we have to put up with the inane rants and claims by "any mouse" about this thing or that thing and their lame approach to political or moral (read: immoral) action.

Next time you see the Fawkes mask, just imagine it with mouse ears.
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Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:27 pm

Gwad - them good ol days. I still have a working copy of Crack
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Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:53 am

Anybody remember he old Core Wars games on mini and mainframes?

Or, the original Adventure?
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Re: Today in Tech History: November 16th

Post: # 140977Post DaFoxx
Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:29 pm

I'm waiting for Elite to be re-released
hear he's looking to get public funding to help
was a great game
but as per feckin usual, me was shite at it :)
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Post: # 140978Post Aspman
Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:57 pm

That's the second time I've heard someone mention Elite recently.

Have you tried Oolite. It's elite for the modern PC and 'tis free. Lots of mods about too.

http://www.oolite.org/
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Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:05 am

Just what I need is a really cool game that is another time sink.
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