Dutch Hacking Festival, August

Marcus L. Endicott (mendicott@igc.apc.org)
Sat, 22 May 1993 08:50:39 -0700 (PDT)

> Hack-Tic presents
> H A C K I N G
> at the E N D of the
> U N I V E R S E
>Remember the Galactic Hacker Party back in 1989? Ever wondered what
>happened to the people behind it? We sold out to big business, you
>think. Think again, we're back!
>That's right. On august 4th, 5th and 6th 1993, we're organising a
>three-day summer congress for hackers, phone phreaks, programmers,
>computer haters, data travellers, electro-wizards, networkers, hardware
>freaks, techno-anarchists, communications junkies, cyberpunks, system
>managers, stupid users, paranoid androids, Unix gurus, whizz kids, warez
>dudes, law enforcement officers (appropriate undercover dress required),
>guerilla heating engineers and other assorted bald, long-haired and/or
>unshaven scum. And all this in the middle of nowhere (well, the middle
>of Holland, actually, but that's the same thing) at the Larserbos
>campground four metres below sea level.
>The three days will be filled with lectures, discussions and workshops
>on hacking, phreaking, people's networks, Unix security risks, virtual
>reality, semafun, social engineering, magstrips, lockpicking,
>virusses, paranoia, legal sanctions against hacking in Holland and
>elsewhere and much, much more. English will be the lingua franca for
>this event, although one or two workshops may take place in Dutch.
>There will be an Internet connection, an intertent ethernet and social
>interaction (both electronic and live). Included in the price are four
>nights in your own tent. Also included are inspiration, transpiration, a
>shortage of showers (but a lake to swim in), good weather (guaranteed by
>god), campfires and plenty of wide open space and fresh air. All of this
>for only 100 dutch guilders (currently around US$70).
>We will also arrange for the availability of food, drink and smokes of
>assorted types, but this is not included in the price. Our bar will be
>open 24 hours a day, as well as a guarded depository for valuables
>(like laptops, cameras etc.). You may even get your stuff back! For
>people with no tent or air matress: you can buy a tent through us for
>100 guilders, a matress costs 10 guilders. You can arrive from 17:00
>(that's five p.m. for analogue types) on August 3rd. We don't have to
>vacate the premises until 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 7 so you can
>even try to sleep through the devastating Party at the End of Time
>(PET) on the closing night (live music provided). We will arrange for
>shuttle buses to and from train stations in the vicinity.
>Payment: in advance please. Un-organized, poor techno-freaks like us
>would like to get to the Bahamas at least once. We can only guarantee
>you a place if you pay before Friday June 25th, 1993. If you live in
>Holland, just transfer fl. 100 to giro 6065765 (Hack-Tic) and mention
>'HEU' and your name. If you're in Germany, pay DM 100,- to Hack-Tic,
>Konto 2136638, Sparkasse Bielefeld, BLZ 48050161. If you live elsewhere:
>call, fax or e-mail us for the best way to get the money to us from your
>country. We accept American Express, we do NOT cash ANY foreign cheques.
>Very Important: Bring many guitars and laptops.
>Yes, you! Busloads of alternative techno-freaks from all over the
>planet will descend on this event. You wouldn't want to miss that,
>now, would you?
>Maybe you are part of that select group that has something special to
>offer! Participating in 'Hacking at the End of the Universe' is
>exciting, but organising your very own part of it is even more fun. We
>already have a load of interesting workshops and lectures scheduled,
>but we're always on the lookout for more. We're also still in the
>market for people who want to help us organize during the congress.
>In whatever way you wish to participate, call, write, e-mail or fax us
>soon, and make sure your money gets here on time. Space is limited.
>- 4th, 5th and 6th of August
>- Hacking at the End of the Universe
> (a hacker summer congress)
>- ANWB groepsterrein Larserbos
> Zeebiesweg 47
> 8219 PT Lelystad
> The Netherlands
>- Cost: fl. 100,- (+/- 70 US$) per person
> (including 4 nights in your own tent)
>Postbus 22953
>1100 DL Amsterdam
>The Netherlands
>tel : +31 20 6001480
>fax : +31 20 6900968
>E-mail : heu@hacktic.nl
>If you know a forum or network that you feel this message belongs on,
>by all means slip it in. Echo-areas, your favorite bbs, /etc/motd, IRC,
>WP.BAT, you name it. Spread the worm, uh, word.
>day 0 August 3rd, 1993
>16:00 You are welcome to set up your tent
>19:00 Improvised Dinner
>day 1 August 4th, 1993
>11:00-12:00 Opening ceremony
>12:00-13:30 Workshops
>14:00-15:30 Workshops
>15:30-19:00 'Networking for the Masses' 16:00-18:00 Workshops
>19:00-21:00 Dinner
>21:30-23:00 Workshops
>day 2 August 5th, 1993
>11:30-13:00 Workshops
>14:00-17:00 Phreaking the Phone 14:00-17:00 Workshops
>17:30-19:00 Workshops
>19:00-21:00 Dinner
>day 3 August 6th, 1993
>11:30-13:00 Workshops
>14:00-18:00 Hacking (and) The Law 14:00-17:00 Workshops
>18:00-19:00 Closing ceremony
>19:00-21:00 Barbeque
>21:00-??:?? Party at the End of Time (Live Music)
>day 4 August 7th, 1993
>12:00 All good things come to an end
>'Networking for the masses', Wednesday August 4th 1993, 15:30
>One of the main discussions at the 1989 Galactic Hacker Party focused on
>whether or not the alternative community should use computer networking.
>Many people felt a resentment against using a 'tool of oppression' for
>their own purposes. Computer technology was, in the eyes of many,
>something to be smashed rather than used.
>Times have changed. Many who were violently opposed to using computers
>in 1989 have since discovered word-processing and desktop publishing.
>Even the most radical groups have replaced typewriters with PCs. The
>'computer networking revolution' has begun to affect the alternative
>Not all is well: many obstacles stand in the way of the 'free flow of
>information.' Groups with access to information pay such high prices for
>it that they are forced to sell information they'd prefer to pass on for
>free. Some low-cost alternative networks have completely lost their
>democratic structure. Is this the era of the digital dictator, or are we
>moving towards digital democracy?
>To discuss these and other issues, we've invited the following people
>who are active in the field of computer networking: [Electronic mail
>addresses for each of the participants are shown in brackets.]
>Ted Lindgreen (ted@nluug.nl) is managing director of nlnet. Nlnet is the
>largest commercial TCP/IP and UUCP network provider in the Netherlands.
>Peter van der Pouw Kraan (peter@hacktic.nl) was actively involved in the
>squat-movement newsletters 'Bluf!' and 'NN' and has outspoken ideas
>about technology and its relation to society. Had a PC all the way back
>in 1985!
>Maja van der Velden (maja@agenda.hacktic.nl) is from the Agenda
>Foundation which sets up and supports communication and information
>Joost Flint (joost@aps.hacktic.nl) is from the Activist Press Service.
>APS has a bbs and works to get alternative-media and pressure groups
>Felipe Rodriquez (nonsenso@utopia.hacktic.nl) is from the Hack-Tic
>Network which grew out of the Dutch computer underground and currently
>connects thousands of people to the global Internet.
>Andre Blum (zabkar@roana.hacktic.nl), is an expert in the field of
>wireless communications.
>Eelco de Graaff (Eelco.de.Graaff@p5.f1.n281.z2.fidonet.org) is the
>nethost of net 281 of FidoNet, EchoMail troubleshooter, and one of the
>founders of the Dutch Fidonet Foundation.
>Michael Polman (michael@antenna.nl) of the Antenna foundation is a
>consultant in the field of international networking. He specialises in
>non-governmental networks in the South.
>Alfred Heitink (alfred@antenna.nl) is a social scientist specializing in
>the field of computer-mediated communication as well as system manager at
>the Dutch Antenna host.
>Rena Tangens (rena@bionic.zer.de), was involved in the creation of the
>Bionic Mailbox in Bielefeld (Germany) and the Zerberus mailbox network.
>She is an artist and wants to combine art and technology.
>The discussion will be led by freelance radiomaker and science
>journalist Herbert Blankesteyn. He was involved in the 'Archie'
>children's bbs of the Dutch VPRO broadcasting corporation.
>'Phreaking the Phone', Thursday August 5th 1993, 14:00
>Your own telephone may have possibillities you never dreamed possible.
>Many years ago people discovered that one could fool the telephone
>network into thinking you were part of the network and not just a
>customer. As a result, one could make strange and sometimes free
>phonecalls to anywhere on the planet. A subculture quickly formed.
>The phone companies got wise and made a lot of things (nearly)
>impossible. What is still possible today? What is still legal today?
>What can they do about it? What are they doing about it?
>Billsf (bill@tech.hacktic.nl) and M. Tillman, a few of the worlds best
>phreaks, will introduce the audience to this new world. Phone phreaks
>from many different countries will exchange stories of succes and
>defeat. Your life may never be the same.
>'Hacking (and) The Law', Friday August 6th, 14:00
>You can use your own computer and modem to access some big computer
>system at a university without the people owning that computer knowing
>about it. For years this activity was more or less legal in Holland: if
>you were just looking around on the Internet and didn't break anything
>nobody really cared too much...
>That is, until shortly before the new computer crime law went into
>effect. Suddenly computer hackers were portrayed as evil 'crashers'
>intent on destroying systems or, at least, looking into everyone's
>The supporters of the new law said that it was about time something was
>done about it. Critics of the law say it's like hunting mosquitoes with
>a machine-gun. They claim the aforementioned type of hacking is not the
>real problem and that the law is excessively harsh.
>To discuss these issues we've invited a panel of experts, some of whom
>are, or have been, in touch with the law in one way or another.
>Harry Onderwater (fridge@cri.hacktic.nl), is technical EDP auditor at the
>Dutch National Criminal Intelligence Service (CRI) and is responsible for
>combatting computer crime in the Netherlands. He says he's willing to
>arrest hackers if that is what it takes to make computer systems secure.
>Prof. Dr. I.S. (Bob) Herschberg (herschbe@dutiws.twi.tudelft.nl), gained
>a hacker's control over his first system 21 years ago and never ceased
>the good work. Now lecturing, teaching and publishing on computer
>insecurity and imprivacy at the technical university in Delft. His
>thesis: 'penetrating a system is not perpetrating a crime'.
>Ronald 'RGB' O. (rgb@utopia.hacktic.nl) has the distinction of being the
>only Dutch hacker arrested before and after the new law went into effect.
>He is a self-taught UNIX security expert and a writer for Hack-Tic
>Ruud Wiggers (ruudw@cs.vu.nl), system manager at the Free University
>(VU) in Amsterdam, has for 10 years been trying to plug holes in system
>security. He was involved in the RGB arrest.
>Andy Mueller-Maguhn (andy@cccbln.ccc.de) is from the Chaos Computer Club
>in Germany.
>Eric Corley (emmanuel@eff.org) a.k.a. Emmanuel Goldstein is editor
>of the hacker publication '2600 magazine'. The first person to realize
>the huge implications of the government crackdown on hackers in the US.
>Winn Schwartau (wschwartau@mcimail.com) is a commercial computer
>security advisor as well as the author of the book 'Terminal
>Compromise'. His new book entitled 'Information Warfare' has just been
>Ray Kaplan (kaplan@bpa.arizona.edu) is a computer security consultant.
>He is constantly trying to bridge the gap between hackers and the
>computer industry. He organizes 'meet the enemy' sessions where system
>managers can teleconference with hackers.
>Wietse Venema (wietse@wzv.win.tue.nl) is a systems expert at the
>Technical University in Eindhoven. He is the author of some very well
>known utilities to monitor hacking on unix systems. He has a healthy
>suspicion of anything technical.
>Peter Klerks (klerks@rulfsw.leidenuniv.nl) is a scientist at the centre
>for the study of social antagonism at the Leiden University. He has
>studied the Dutch police force extensively, and is author of the book
>'Counterterrorism in the Netherlands.'
>Don Stikvoort (stikvoort@surfnet.nl), one of the computer security
>experts for the Dutch Academic Society and chairman of CERT-NL (Computer
>Emergency Response Team). He is also actively involved in SURFnet
>network management.
>Rop Gonggrijp (rop@hacktic.nl) was involved in some of the first
>computer break-ins in the Netherlands during the 80's and is now editor
>of Hack-Tic Magazine.
>The discussion will be led by Franscisco van Jole (fvjole@hacktic.nl),
>journalist for 'De Volkskrant'.
>HEUnet introduction
> an introduction to the Hacking at the End of the Universe network.
>Jumpstart to VR, 3D world-building on PC's
> Marc Bennett, editor of Black Ice magazine, will explain how to
> design worlds on your own PC which can be used in Virtual Reality
> systems.
>Replacing MS/DOS, Running UNIX on your own PC
> People who are already running unix on their PCs will tell you what
> unix has to offer and they'll talk about the different flavours in
> cheap or free unix software available.
>Unix security
> RGB and fidelio have probably created more jobs in the unix security
> business than the rest of the world put together. They'll talk about
> some of the ins and outs of unix security.
>E-mail networking
> Should we destroy X400 or shall we let it destroy itself?
>'User Authorization Failure'
> A quick introduction to the VAX/VMS Operating System for those that
> consider a carreer in VMS security.
>'The right to keep a secret'
> Encryption offers you the chance to really keep a secret, and
> governments know it. They want you to use locks that they have the
> key to. The fight is on!
>'Virus about to destroy the earth!'. Don't believe the hype!
> What is the real threat of computer viruses? What technical
> possibilities are there? Are we being tricked by a fear-machine that
> runs on the money spent on anti-virus software?
>'It came out of the sky'
> 'Receiving pager information and what not to do with it'. Information
> to pagers is sent through the air without encryption. Rop Gonggrijp
> and Bill Squire demonstrate a receiver that picks it all up and
> present some spooky scenarios describing what one could do with all
> that information.
>Cellular phones and cordless phones
> How do these systems work, what frequencies do they use, and what are
> the differences between different systems world-wide?
>Zen and the art of lock-picking.
> In this workshop The Key will let you play with cylinder locks of all
> types and tell you of ingenious ways to open them.
>"Doesn't mean they're not after you"
> The secret services and other paranoia.
>Audio Adventures
> Steffen Wernery and Tim Pritlove talk about adventure games that you
> play using a Touch Tone telephone.
>Botanical Hacking (THC++)
> Using computers, modems and other high tech to grow.
>Wireless LAN (Data Radio)
> How high a data rate can you pump through the air, and what is still
> legal?
>Social Engineering
> The Dude, well known from his articles in Hack-Tic, will teach you
> the basics of social engineering, the skill of manipulating people
> within burocracies.
>'Hacking Plastic'
> Tim and Billsf talk about the security risks in chip-cards, magnetic
> cards, credit cards and the like.
>Antenna Host Demo
> The Antenna Foundation is setting up and supporting computer
> networks, mainly in the South. They are operating a host system in
> Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and they will demonstrate it in this
> workshop, and talk about their activities.
>APS Demo
> APS (Activist Press Service) is operating a bbs in Amsterdam, The
> Netherlands. You'll see it and will be able to play with it
> 'hands-on'.
>'Hocking the arts'
> Benten and Marc Marc are computer artists. They present some of their
> work under the motto: Hocking the arts, demystifying without losing
> its magic contents.
>Public Unix Demo
> Demonstrating the Hack-Tic xs4all public unix, as well as other
> public unix systems.
>Packet Radio Demo
> Showing the possiblities of existing radio amateur packet radio
> equipment to transport packets of data over the airwaves.
>This will get a little technical for those who want to know what we're
>going to set up. If you don't know much about computers, just bring
>whatever you have and we'll see how and if we can hook it up.
>We're going to have ethernet connected to Internet (TCP/IP). You can
>connect by sitting down at one of our PC's or terminals, by hooking up
>your own equipment (we have a depository, so don't worry about theft),
>or by using one of our 'printerport <--> ethernet' adapters and
>hooking up laptops and notebooks that way. There may be a small fee
>involved here, we don't know what they're going to cost us. Contact us
>for details, also if you have a few of these adapters lying around.
>There might also be serial ports you can connect to using a nullmodem
>You can log in to our UNIX system(s) and send and receive mail and
>UseNet news that way. Every participant that wants one can get her/his
>own IP number to use worldwide. Users of the network are urged to make
>whatever files they have on their systems available to others over the
>ethernet. Bring anything that has a power cord or batteries and let's
>network it!
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