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Cops, Crimes and HAL2001

By coolvibe in Op-Ed
Wed Jul 25, 2001 at 12:27:04 PM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

HAL2001 is an event similar to HIP97, where hackers come together, learn about lots of nifty new stuff and pick each others brains clean. Unfortunately, a lot of scriptkiddies that call themselves 'hackers' attend as well, and usually only because of the 1 Gbit uplink that will be present.

Rop Gonggrijp (from hacktic fame) wrote a short text about HAL2001, targeted at that dubious group of people. A fun read for real hackers (tm) and a wise lesson for neophytes. Read on for the text.



ScRiPt KiDdY MaNuAl To HaL2001

When you arrive at HAL2001 and look around you, you may feel this is an ideal place to do script-kiddie things. I mean: with 1 GB of bandwidth coming almost all the way to your tent, a simple ping-flood is a mighty weapon. And with all these people around, there's bound to be someone within 10 meters that knows how to get root on that webhosting farm you found this morning.

You may have also noticed all these other people around you. Most of them seem to be in some kind of different world. Most noticably, they're not constantly bragging about how many machines they have installed Stacheldraht on. When they talk about computer security you often don't understand, and they keep talking about vague political things a lot of the time. That's us. We are the rest of the hacker community. Weve been here for a while now, so you would probably just refer to most of us as "these old people". That's OK.

We feel there are important things going on in the world today. Things worth fighting against. Governments and large corporations are basically taking over and are in the process of building mechanisms of control. That may sound difficult or weird, but think of new laws that allow instantaneous monitoring of anyone. Think of computer databases that know where everyone is in realtime. Think of cameras everywhere. Think of making you pay every time, for everything you watch or listen to. Think of your MP3 collection. Think of prison.

- Making us all look bad

Hey, let's not kid eachother: we weren't all that good when we were kids. But right now, powerful people all over the world would like to paint a picture of HAL2001 as a gathering of dangerous individuals out to destroy. While it may seem cool to have powerful people think of you as dangerous, you're only serving their purpose if you deface websites from here, or perform the mother of all dDOS attacks. You're helping the hardliners that say we are no good. They don't care about the websites you deface. They don't care about the dDOS attacks. Heck, their leadership doesn't even know how to hold a mouse. They care about making us all look like a threat, so they can get the public support needed to lock us all up.

- Landing you in trouble

But if you don't care about any of the above, here's another reason not to do bad things at HAL: there is almost no place on earth where the odds of getting arrested are stacked against you as bad as at HAL2001. Members of the dutch law enforcement community (yes: cops) are attending in large numbers. And public perception is that they haven't arrested enough people for computer crimes recently. So they are under a lot of pressure to arrest someone. Anyone....

Because few people have been convicted here, there is a notion that the cops in The Netherlands do not take this seriously. But defacing a site or doing Denial of Service are serious crimes here, and you may not be going home for quite a while if you're arrested here. Being arrested at HAL makes your case a "big deal", no matter how little may have actually happened. This means they are less likely to let you off with a slap on the wrist.

And if HAL is anything like its predecessors, intelligence people from internal security agencies of most industrialised nations are walking around, and will see if anyone from their country is sticking their head out doing naughty things. HAL is an excellent place to become visible, in many different and often interesting ways.

- Getting us all disconnected

Just like at HIP97, the authorities have pre-signed orders ready and waiting to cut our link to the world if the HAL network becomes a source of too many problems. Yes, you read it right: cut the link. 100% packet loss.

HAL2001 has some of the worlds best system administrators monitoring our link to see if everything runs smooth. Some of these people already had a deep understanding of computer security issues before you were even born. And *ofcourse* they are monitoring to see if anyone is causing problems, either to our own network operations, or to the outside world.

So do us all and yourself a favour, and please don't be stupid. And if you still insist on causing trouble, think of this: if you do manage to get us all diconnected, maybe you should hope the cops get to you first.

- Growing up

If you have it in you, now would be an excellent time to grow up. Live a life in the hacker community that goes beyond defacing websites and performing dDoS attacks. The post script-kiddie existence offers many rewards: you might have feeling you've done something useful more often, people won't look at you funny, and you might even get to meet girls.

Perhaps even more importantly: we as a community _need_ you to grow up. As we said: Governments and large corporations are taking control of our world at alarming speed. Hackers are more likely to understand what's going on, and to do something about it. Which is one reason why they are being demonized by parties seeking to monitor the whole population's every move. Many privacy enhancing technologies still need to be built, and a whole new generation needs to be made aware that their freedoms are being dismantled. Your help would be greatly appreciated.


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Cops, Crimes and HAL2001 | 10 comments (5 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
Rusty? Inoshiro? (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by coolvibe on Wed Jul 25, 2001 at 12:43:47 PM EST

Uhm, could you please take the very obvious spelling errors out and capitalize the title? That way it won't look so goofy on the front page :)

Damn, why can't I post an editorial comment when the story hits the front page... grmbl... oh well..

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cool! (none / 0) (#8)
by coolvibe on Thu Jul 26, 2001 at 06:06:20 AM EST

I see the editors did what I asked. Thanks!

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HAL presales until july 31 (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by HAL Accountant on Wed Jul 25, 2001 at 03:36:37 PM EST

If you are considering to visit HAL 2001 in The Netherlands, be sure to buy a ticket in advance. The 2600 shop is selling tickets until july 31 http://store.yahoo.com/2600hacker/hal2001.html CU @ HAL

Right... (none / 0) (#9)
by coolvibe on Thu Jul 26, 2001 at 06:11:08 AM EST

Hmm... saw a plugging opportunity? :)

I already bought tickets, so me, my mac, and some other boxes will be there... Heck, my tent as mobile datacentre. Cool! :) I got some cute Ideas to do there, maybe turn my iMac into a hackme challenge. Now where's that NetBSD CD...

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If they shut you down and you catch the doofus.. (none / 0) (#10)
by baptiste on Thu Jul 26, 2001 at 09:36:04 AM EST

So do us all and yourself a favour, and please don't be stupid. And if you still insist on causing trouble, think of this: if you do manage to get us all diconnected, maybe you should hope the cops get to you first.

Classic - This should be the motd on any machine that is commonly accessed @ HAL2001 and highlighted on any HAL2001 webpages - simple yet obivious enough for a script kiddie to understand.

And if this does come to pass - make sure the video of the kid being strung up by the old school is posted for a fee to help pay for the costs of HAL2001 :)
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