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Welcome to Inquisition issue #4.
Well here is our fourth edition of this warez mag. Basically, this
issue is primarily covering the recent busts by Microsoft and Novell.
Please read this newsletter in detail for which we are HERE to inform
We currently have a World Wide Web site courtesy of Lotug. This site
info will be place in our Internet site section. So be sure to drop by
to check it out and send mail if ya think its great or if it sucks.
Basically we are always looking for ASCii Artists and Writers. We are
also looking for coders who can help us enhance our Web Site. If you
want to join, but you are unsure on what all you are responsible for,
leave us mail. We still want YOU to write in comments on our newsletter,
even if they are negative. We prolly will publish them in our next issue
and one of the editors will reply to them.
To state to the scene, we are a news publication here to bring you the
lastest in the scene, whether good or bad. It's best to keep everyone
informed even the lamers.
- Raptor & Lester
Send your articles, comments or suggestions to:
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1. Letters to the Editor.....Raptor & Lester
2. Warez Report..............Jimmy Jamez - "Special Biased Edition"
3. Reviews...................Avalon Blue and Operator
4. Interview.................Raptor - "Jimmy Jamez - Drink or Die"
5. Article...................Mr.ZigZag - Site Security
6. Internet..................INQUiSITION WEB Site, Plus More
7. Announcements.............Microsoft and Novell Crack Down
8. Closing...................Raptor & Lester
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This week we had a couple of comments, but we mainly had people asking
about joing this Magazine. We will get back to all of you in due time,
so please be patient with us. Thanks
We will accept outside reviews, articles and other warez related topics.
Thanks for expressing your wishes.
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---=[ 2. Warez Report - "Special Biased Edition" ]=----------------------------
Biased Utils Report made by Jimmy Jamez Issue #4:
WoW! What a fucking great time. The two Main groups dominated (DOD and PWA) and
and released like 1/2 of all scene releases for past 7 days. Other groups
were in the shadow of the two titans but still tried to compete. Of course,
this issue is dedicated to DOD's and PWA's releases first of all because there
was not many other groups awake. The busiest time of the week of course was
Wednesday and Tuesday. It is strange because usually big groups activate their
power on Monday and Saturday. This time we had an exception and it was cool!
It was a week of inside releases and betas again! Hopefully, we will see more
store releases next week!
* in alphabet order *
DOD (Drink Or Die) - Real explosion during this week. Over 200 megs of
programs in 14 releases. First days of the week were really slow. We saw
a couple of EASY CD programs, Easy CD for Win95/NT upgrade & Easy CD
Backup/Workshop (Both 1 Disk) and SysView2 Windows Admin/Agent, a network tool
for OS/2 WARP (7 Disks). Next 48 hours were the hours of DOD domination. 10
releases were out and couriers got a real hard time to move all this stuff to
the boards. What did DOD released? Okay, there was: Microsoft TechNet
Special Goverment Edition (24 Disks), TVG Multinet Enhanced Mosaic 1.2 (2
Disks), TVG Multinet 1.2 (5 Disks), bundle of 5 releases of Micro House
220.127.116.11 (71 Disks Total), unlimited users license edition of PowerBuilder
4.03 Enterprise for Windows and Win95 and finally RUMBA for the Mainframe 4.1
for Windows (7 Disks). The other 2 days there were inactive and the week
finished with another awesome PowerSoft release - Watcom SQL 4.0c for Windows
and Wind95. What to say?? It was the time when DOD shown it's real power on
insiders scene and gave PWA some big competition in this releasing way.
Lack of store titles again due to the lame publishers that delay their
releases and shit. Stores are truly empty. Only some lame multimedia junk
present there that nobody will use. Wish DOD luck on future week and same
good quality releases! Maximum points as group deserved.
Current Week Points: 10/10
Overall Score : 38/40
PNT (Pantera) - Another good week for this young posse. Bunch of unknown
releases but they remain legit and fine to be mentioned. The only shortcoming
of this team - releasing too many crappy betas. Lets follow their releases
during the past 7 days: AppleShare for Windows (c) Apple (4 Disks), EXTRA!
Personal Client 6.0 beta 3 for Win95 and NT (8 Disks), Netwizard 2.5 NLS
Intern. (1 Disk), Mesa/2 2.04 for OS/2 on (1 BIG Disk), very small Drafix
Productivity Suite for Drafix CAD 3.xx, QuickMail 3.5 for Windows (2 Disks),
ZMail 4.0 for Windows (2 Disks) and Lotus InterNotes beta 3 for Windows NT
(1 Disk). What to say?? Pretty impressive for such young group! Leader
himself thanked me for motivating them to release more! I am glad that I was
useful for scene in this aspect! Nice score.
Current Week Points: 08/10
Overall Score : 23/40
PNC (PiNNaCLE) - All is sad. Group is going down and down each week and if
they do not increase quality of their products I will exclude them from my
report really soon! What we saw again? Hopefully the last sequel of this old
Adobe Photoshop Tutorial CD called Adobe Photoshop Expert Tips Series
(15 Disks), Pueblo Internet Client 0.9 beta (3 Disks) (feel like releasing
betas when nothing else to do!), Marineer 1.0 beta 4 for Windows 95 (1 Disk),
TypeCase 2001 for Windows (28 Disks) that is sad - it is collection of CD-ROM
fonts. That's all from them and I award only meggage here coz quality rating
is 0! :(
Current Week Points: 03/10
Overall Score : 12/40
PWA (Pirates With Attitude) - Another leader of the week as DOD (this already
is becoming a good tradition that PWA and DOD lead the show). Bunch of huge
titles but quality is brilliant as always! What they released during the week,
here we go: Microsoft Wordview 6.0 (1 Disk), OmniPage Pro 6.0 rev B (6 Disks),
3D Architect for Win/Win95 (2 Disks) *STORE RELEASE*, Visual Basic 4.0
Enterprise Edition (finally!) (52 Fucking Disks), WildCat 5.0 Beta for
Win95/NT (9 Disks), another week - another Windows NT 4.0 beta.. this week we
saw build 1141 of Server and Workstation (31 Disks each), next was a bundle of
Lotus Notes 3.33 progrmas (OS/2 Server & Client, NT Server & Client, Windows
Server & Client and Netware Server). What to say?? Don't remember PWA
releasing too many programs before. This is what I call good competition when
groups motivate each other to release a shitload to remain on the road! We
all hope to see something more impressive (more? i am kiddin'!) from PWA
during next week. Of course they award maximum points due to no fuckups,
dupes, fakes or freeware!
Current Week Points: 10/10
Overall Score : 38/40
RBS (Rebels) - Week of ups and downs for these Sweden blondes. Some fine
progrmas were along with some rude dupes. Let me show you, week started with
Saber Control and Agents 5.0c (10 disks), small Al Bunny Typing Class 1.22
registered (the era of cracked sharewares continues!), and Vcomm terminal 1.55
cracked. On Wednesday, we saw a fine dupe of PNC in Visual Age for OS/2
(17 Disks), couple cool releases in the middle of the week: Laserfax for
Windows (2 Disks), Wordfinder 3 for Windows (5 Disks), Infomap Lite 1.40 for
Windows and NetShark 1.00.01 beta (2 Disks). Nothing serious done but they
are trying and we respect the effort! Try harder next time and dupe check
your releases on boards carefully!
Current Week Points: 05/10
Overall Score : 15/40
Week is over, you all can calm down now. Hopefully next week will give us
little break because many of active releasers are very tired (like me) of this
neverending shit. I can compare past week only with fine August, 1995 weeks
where we saw 200+ megs from groups in the few days of Wind95 stuff. It is
really impressive that somebody can do such meggage in a lame autumn month
when nothing serious can be released! Lets look forward to next week's issue
in 7 days and hopefully it will bring us more suprises! Have fun!
JIMMY JAMEZ [DOD BOSS]
* All complaints/questions send to: firstname.lastname@example.org *
---=[ 3. Reviews - Avalon Blue and Operator ]---------------------------------
REVIEWS BY AVALON BLUE
Command and Conquer
WAR...NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN!
Back in 1992, I discovered a game for my Amiga call Dune II. Never before had
I become so involved in a computer game that I would gladly forego food and
sleep for the sheer pleasure of playing "just one more hour." Days would go
by, as I shuffled around with bags under my eyes, trying desperately to think
up a strategy that would dust the evil Harkonnen once and for all, and bring
law and order back to the desrt planet Dune. It was, without a doubt, one of
the best games I've ever played in my life.
Well it's 1995 now. The Amiga is long gone, a shiny new Pentium 90 sits in
it's place, and thanks to Westwood Studios, I shuffle about, sleepless and
eyes-a-baggy once again. Command & Conquer, The Global Defense Initiative
(GDI), and The Brotherhood of NOD form the sole protagonists. The valuable
spice melange has been replaced by Tiberium, which must be mined to produce
the capital needed to train troops and build the machinery of war.
And talk about the machinery of war! As you progress from one scenario to the
next, new levels of technology become available to you, and you allowed to
build even more deadly weapons. Of course so can your opponent, so the
battles become fiercer, the carnage more intense, and all the while the
Tiberium must be mined, mined, mined to fund it all. All this is played out
on a beautiful overhead-perpective map. There's rivers to be crossed, trees
and forests to hide in, and impenetrable mountains to provide natural
fortifications. This is one great looking game! All the action is controlled
by mouse, and the sound effects are great too - from the hideous screams of
dying to the snappy "yes sir, not a problem!" when an order is issued.
Command & Conquer is certainly going to make my top ten list in 1995, and I
heartily recommend it to any fan of the genre.
REVIEWS BY OPERATOR
1-5 : Not worth getting.
6-7 : Fair
8-10: Good-Great Game. Well worth downloading.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic -
Well this is your basic 1st person shoot'em up, gory, Doom
type game. But its much differant then the original Heretic.
You can be a Fighter, Cleric, or Mage and according to who you
choose, you have differant missions and monsters. Its a bit
dark though, but many mazes and puzzles are instore. I think
it was worth most of the hype. It has many unique traits that
set it away from the never ending, boring levels in Doom 1 & 2
and Heretic. I personally dont care for the 1st person game but
I enjoyed it.
Beavis & Butthead: Virtual Stupidity -
Yes! Finally a small, UNIQUE, and enjoyable game. Actually its a
3 game pack: Hock-A-Loogie, Court Chaos, and Bug Justice. In
Hock-A-Loogie (My Favorite) You stand on top of the school spitting
on Cars, Squarels, Paper Airplanes, People on Bikes, and Principals.
In Court Chaos you man a tennis ball shooter and you shoot tennis
balls at all the Preppy People as they enter the tennis court.
Bug Justice (The Funniest) Portaits Beavis and Butthead just being
stupid. They throw candy on the ground and use a magnifying glass
to burn bugs as they steal the candy. In all the games, Beavis and
Butthead comment on there activity. I Loved this Game. Freakin
Rules. Enough Said. Well Wait. "Mmhehmmeh You Sank My Battleship"
Uhm, Well there is no nice way of saying this. It Sucked. Grafics
were good. Gameplay was horrible! The screen was extremely dark too.
Prolly been better just to play it pitch black. Its a 1st person Doom
like game with no point. You must have to be a complete Doom freak
to rate this a fair game. Dont leech this one, not worth the 10 disks
- The Operator MALiCE'95 (Cheap Plug, ehh)
REVIEWS BY *UNKNOWN* (sent in)
Beavis and Butthead
Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity consists of three completely
tasteless Windows gamelets that are fun to play at first, but quickly grow
tiresome. The games are presented as little cartoons, just like their MTV
counterparts, with the familiar Beavis and Butthead title screen and crushing
Hock-A-Loogie, probably the most challenging (and disgusting) of the three
involves spitting off the roof of the school at random passers-by. Score is
awarded on the basis of the difficulty of the spit-shot and the sound effects
in this one are completely appropriate and phlegmatically realistic.
In Bug Justice, you attract bugs with bits of candy and snacks, and burn them
up with the help of a powerful magnifying glass.
Finally, Court Chaos finds you throwing tennis balls at innocent nerds trying
to enter the tennis court to play a real game.
Don't get me wrong. I like Beavis and Butthead. They rule. Hehe... I can't
help but wish that someone would come up with a good game involving the
characters, and not this junk which is obviously nothing more than an attempt
to make a buck off the cartoon. I can't imagine playing this one more than
once or twice, plus it's buggy as hell and crashed more than once on me while
testing it for this review.
Take A Break Crosswords
Take A Break Crosswords is a nice little Windows diversion from Sierra.
There's some 750 Dell crossword puzzles included, ranging in grid size from
13x13 to 19x19 squares. The graphics, while nice, are nothing mindblowing
(how much CAN you do with the look of a crossword puzzle?). There are a
number of customized color schemes to choose from however. The puzzles range
from easy to hard, so there's a challenge here for even experienced puzzlers.
There are hints available in case you get stuck. A hide option in the menu
bar makes this perfect for wasting time at work. Loads of options like
highlighting interconnecting clues, and automatic word checking are included.
The Last Day
This one is a little Win95 shooter. You are Commander "Big L", in charge of a
group of trainee troops. Unfortunately for you, your troops have been
captured by aliens and transported to different locations in time. Your job
is to jump in your spaceship, and rescue your men. Gameplay consists
essentially of shooting the bad guys while running around, grabbing your men
and hustling them back to the ship before they get killed. There's various
power-ups lying around that you can use to increase your firepower.
While the graphics and sound are nice, there's really nothing new here. If
you're a fan of this genre, and are looking for a fast-paced shootem' up for
Windows 95, you'll probably like it.
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---=[ 4. Interview - Jimmy Jamez - Drink or Die ]-----------------------------
INQ : What do you think of the retirement of Orion (founder of PWA)?
Jimmy : Hhmm.. This is not a big news for me, you know. Scott was kinda
inactive for last months. He was just a sign of PWA. The oldest and
the smartest. Now he gave up and left this work for younger dudes. I
don't think it will hurt PWA at all.
INQ : Since two great leaders have retired, Orion and Liquidator (SCuM),
do you forsee this becoming a habit? Meaning - That more older guys
are making room for new school.
Jimmy : Hehe.. Maybe, somebody will think so. Not me. They both have family
and kids. They need to have a life. They did too much for scene so
they deserved some rest. To stay in the scene forever you need to
forget about everything else in your life.
INQ : What happen to Cyber Angel?
Jimmy : Cyber Angel? Nothing as I know. He just has a hard time lately.
College, new work etc..
INQ : As you could notice - he still releases games under TYRANNY and beats
Razor on that.
INQ : Just seems that he has been inactive for awhile, we were wondering if
he took a break?
Jimmy : Yeah, think so. Coz, I dont have any other information about his
INQ : Has DOD's Leadership changed over the past month?
Jimmy : Yes, we had some changes. First of all, we demoted our fair council
Youngblood coz he left for good. We added well-known Hybrid
supplying-god - Celestial Wizard coz he has talent to coordinate. A
few other inactive councils will be demoted really soon.
INQ : What happen with Youngblood?
Jimmy : Youngblood. Hmm.. Don't think I am able to say, but he is in trouble
and i think we lost him for good. Troubles with law.
INQ : With the law? Does it have to do with anything that surrounds our fair
Jimmy : No. Not with piracy. Something more serious, but I cannot say what
exactly coz thats not my secret.
INQ : Did you start the rumors that Unforgiven is a FED or is co-operating
with the Spooks?
Jimmy : No, I never started this rumor, but we all know that he can be FED.
Not only him but also his friend Joe (Malicious Intent), just remember
TAG story, and how they 3rd party billed my dudes' numbers.
INQ : Do you have any proof behind this statement? Other than speculation?
Jimmy : I have some facts and proof but i don't want to tell them right now.
We will collect more facts first. How Unforgiven and MI acted against
DOD and ex-PCY supplier is a good example of their loyality to scene.
When the motto is "if you will quit - yu will be busted"
INQ : So this is just not an DOD attack on Phrophecy?
Jimmy : No, DOD vs PCY is a long story, but we decided to finish that,
especially that we can get along with Scrooge now. What happened
between us months ago as a result of PCY war activity. They just
crossed forbidden line. We never started anything, but we were really
mad after 3rd party billing and txt files about pseudo-DOD feds.
INQ : When Prophecy was in shambles, did DOD deliberately go into the group
to pick away at the bones? To snatch suppliers and couriers?
Jimmy : DOD just beaten PCY with it's own weapon. We never offered anything
to PCY suppliers and shit. They decided to come to us themselves when
they understood who are leaders in reality. If you still see some
active PCY suppliers - they prolly stay there coz they are scared.
INQ : Do you think that the battle with PCY harmed DOD's image?
Jimmy : PCY harmed our image? Never. It made some DOD image that we are big
power that can bring down any enemy opponent. When all this shit with
PCY started DOD had big problems, no suppliers, no couriers, weak boards,
but we took it over.
INQ : Including PWA, if it came down to it?
Jimmy : I don't think that we will fight with PWA ever. I respect PWA and
always was friends with PWA councils and leaders. On scene, I prefer
friendly competetion but if somebody tries to fuck DOD up - I answer
and you see the results of this - on Prophecy. Group must be able to
answer to any opponent but never start war first!
INQ : Let's discuss about your bust in Moscow. Who busted you?
Jimmy : Okay. Lets do it, but it is kinda old story. :)
Jimmy : Local software publishers
INQ : What government agencies?
Jimmy : No, not goverment (our goverment doesn't care about software at all).
Just local software publishers, coz I used to sell illegal copies.
INQ : So what authority did the local software publishers have? Do they hire
some mafia-types to rough ya up?
Jimmy : Hmm... Everything here is mafia, including goverment. Yeah, think so,
coz of me they lost lots of money. I can understand that but they did
nothing wrong to me coz i also have big contacts over here.
INQ : IE - your father?
Jimmy : My father too and lots of my friends.
INQ : So it was not the FEDS?
Jimmy : Not FEDS in american understanding.
INQ : But a "FEDS" equilivant in Russia?
Jimmy : Yeah, they tried to charge me etc. So, we can call them feds, but they
are not from secret service or SPA as you have in USA/CANADA.
INQ : Actually SPA is all over the world but only so many capitalistic
countries allow them to cause hell.
INQ : What do you think about CD-Rips since they are a factor in pirating?
Jimmy : Hmmm.. CD-RIPS.. We all know that CD-RIPS take over scene lately,
soon they will fully replace floppies and I don't think that it is bad.
INQ : How will this change DOD perspective on releases?
Jimmy : It will not change anything. We released and will release CD-RIPS, of
coz if they are not that big.
INQ : What was the conflict between DOD and TiTaN/Critical Mass?
Jimmy : Conflict?? Main problem that critical Mass decided to put his group
on the top, but decided just to steal some cool suppliers from big
groups. But, he failed in DOD. All dudes contacted me when he tried
to steal them and I prevented all this shit. TITAN got official warning
not to mess with DOD anymore. Now they are quit, releasing old dupes and
I am happy with that.
INQ : Why do many groups tend to go after DOD rather than PWA when it comes
to stealing suppliers and such?
Jimmy : Coz in PWA, they will fail for sure, coz PWA dudes are old (for scene
of coz) and very reliable and loyal. In DOD, we have younger kids,
and they sometimes not that reliable. Now we also usually have 20+ old
INQ : So you are saying that people under 20 are using unloyal to their
Jimmy : Main reason coz DOD is full of PCY dudes (ex of coz) that are famous
for their backstabbing and unloyality
Jimmy : Many people under 20 are UNLOYAL. Not all of coz, but it is more easy
to deal with them if you wanna steal them just offer them some money
and they will kill their moms for that.
INQ : Ahhh... Does DOD pay their suppliers?
Jimmy : Never. We can offer them something else but never payed anybody. For
example, I hook up dudes with cards sometimes. They always get leech
accounts on our HQs, sometimes we support their boards if they have
Jimmy : In reality, scene is in a big lack of loyal dudes.
INQ : Does it make you feel uneasy that you tend to cater to guys who are
Jimmy : No, I am absolutely clear in that. Enuff experience working with
people to feel myself uneasy on scene ever. :)
INQ : I know PWA and Park Central tend to stay away from Novell products,
why does DOD release Novell products?
Jimmy : Hmm.. You know, I am not scared of Novell - that's main reason. Also,
Microsoft acts the same as Novell against pirates, so, if PWA and Park
Central refuse Novell - will be smart idea to refuse Microsoft too.
In DOD we release anything.
INQ : DOD has bragged recently about their store releases. PWA is starting
to make a dent in that area, will that push you guys to try for the
Jimmy : We already try and try successfully. All our last releases came from
inside sources. Coz of the lack of software in stores on past week,
but in store kingdom DOD collected many brilliant employers so, it will
be hard to PWA really to compete in that.
INQ : What do you think about the games' scene?
Jimmy : Games scene sucks. :)
INQ : Why? Too many crybabies?
Jimmy : Yeah. Too many kids involved. Too many fights and bullshit. Too big
competition. Also too many fuckups.
INQ : Why does DOD allow a known felon to supply DOD MS applications?
Jimmy : What you mean? Who is a felon?
INQ : Killerette
Jimmy : Never. Killerette never supplied anything to DOD, I swear. That's
bullshit. She thought about joining DOD with Phonestud but that was
just a thought.
INQ : When was this?
Jimmy : This last summer, but all MS stuff that DOD released came from
absolutely different source, trust me.
INQ : Why does DOD tend to release proggies that are not cracked properly.
Jimmy : Like what proggies?
INQ : Janna Contact.
Jimmy : Hmm.. I am sure it was ok. The Ghost WInd packaged it. It must have
came with a serial.
INQ : Serial did not work.
Jimmy : The Ghost Wind always check what he packages very carefully. Maybe he
was mistaken in serial, or like I noticed last time - somebody is
messing around with DOD releases.
Jimmy : Like with ExCursion for NT, somebody repackaged thing without serial
in nfo. I already complained to Dimention XXX sysop coz he spreaded
thing without serial. And, I remember EXACTLY that I package WITH
serial. Somebody is messing around, and I am sure Janna Contact works
fine coz many ddudes used it and TGW is never mistaken in packages. He
is packaging god.
INQ : Is this just a side-effect of DOD when they pick up inexperienced
Jimmy : No, that's not the problem in packager. 90% of stuff is packaged by
me and I don't remember when I fucked up ever. The rest packaged by
TGW and his packages fucking rox. If you will see something like 'No
one you know" it will be him. And, I repeat again, we had something
like fucking our releases as removing cracks and fucking with nfos.
I faced that several times. Met that first time with eXcursion thing.
I have copy with serial and on few boards serial is removed from nfos!
INQ : Does DOD plan to do anything different since the Busts?
Jimmy : No, busts are not touching us and our politics will be not changed at
all. Novell and Microsoft stuff will be released fully.
INQ : What about your US members/boards? Any added security for them?
Jimmy : You know usually DOD suppliers are not on scene. They are friends of
us and never appear anywhere to worry.
INQ : What happen to Quackers?
Jimmy : Quackers? Nothing, he is returning to scene slowly.
INQ : What happen to Hula/God's Realm?
Jimmy : Hula and GR are deep down. Not busted as somebody think, they just
The above interview was left in context for those who are used to Jimmy Jamez
english. I only changed a couple of grammar errors, otherwise - these are his
Interview Conducted by Raptor on October 23, 1995.
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---=[ 5. Article - Site Security ]=-------------------------------------------
I admit, I am no where near the master at security or coding and
don't have the first clue how to hack. However, after being hacked about a
week ago, I finally got around to beefing up my security. I had never been
broken into, and security was something I kept putting off, but now I have no
other choice but to add some. If anyone has something to add to this article,
feel free to send it to me or the Inquisition team, and we'll include it in a
possible follow-up article on this subject.
First, password security, the KEY to system and account security are
passwords. It is a good idea to change your password every 2 weeks, but most
people don't because it is pain to have to memorize a new password every 2
weeks. Do it anyways, write it down on a peice of paper in a secured area if
you have to, but do it. Another thing about your password, NEVER EVER give
your password to someone or even "temporarily" change it to let someone on to
upload something. It is dumb and can be extremely hazordous. One last thing
on passwords, pick something with at least two words and a number or special
character, don't pick something lame like "password" for your password which
a lot of dumb people do.
Second, the operating system comes into play. NO Unix operating
system is ever 100% safe, but you can take steps to make it fairly safe.
First off, a server is only as good as it's links. Meaning, if you have
something like rlogin or nfs setup between you and another host, make
absolutely certain that the host you have trusted has a good security
system, which was my first mistake :-). It is EXTREMELY easy to hack
rsh/rlogin. Some operating systems are much easier to hack than others
(LINUX, SunOS). The only thing you can really do about it is to make sure
you get the security updates and try to get on a listserv that talks about
them for your specific OS. When you find out about a hole, make sure you
doing something about it. Such as the infamous wu.ftpd root hacking hole
in linux. I would have to estimate that despite the fact the hole is well
known that at least 30% or more of the Linux servers on the net have it wide
open. I could bore you with specific security items like password shadowing
and tcp-wrapping, but I won't bother. This article is meant to be a simple
overview. There are many sites with www pages and ftp archives specializing
in security. I will print a small list here, from which you can build on if
you are interested.
ftp.epinet.com <satan site> /pub
As a rule of thumb, for just about every OS from linux to OSF/1 has some type
of security site or mailing list you can get on to keep up to date. However,
if a good hacker wants to get into your system there isn't much you can do
about it except maybe limit the outside interaction with the net, which is
called firewalling and I will look at in my next article. I will try to have
interviews with people who know alot about security in my next article.
- MrZiGZaG email@example.com
If you wish to learn more on this subject - please submit mail
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Login as new user
---=[ 7. Announcements - Microsoft and Novell Crack Down ]=--------------------
During the past week there has been much talk about the busts that Microsoft
and Novell have been involved in. A well known member of the Scene, Mikeysoft,
has been involved along with a few others. A few boards have gone down which
are suspect but have not been raided. Basically, we are going to present you
with different sub-topics envolving this subject.
Two days after Mikeysoft prompted the public that he was under investigation.
Much speculation has been in the air around certain areas of the busts. We
have interviewed a person who knows the situation quite well and who was in
the same situation years ago.
INQ : Let's start with MikeySoft.
W00per : OK
INQ : When did you find out about Mikey's peril?
W00per : Down here there is a group of us that are old farts in the scene.
TFF (The Final Frontier) has been up and running for years.
So naturally when time passes by everyone gets to know everyone else.
W00per : But, last week one of my friends gave me a call and said that mike
INQ : Last week? How did your friend know prior to two days ago when it
W00per : Apparently mike was holding some computers for a guy (we will call
him b0b), so when mike got poped he told b0b. We knew the day it
INQ : Because b0b's puters we taken away?
W00per : Yup, b0b's computers all taken away. Well we proceeded to inform
certian people and natually people didn't believe us. We believe it
has something to do with Microsoft. Because there was an ad on our
front papers about Microsoft offering a large amount of money for
anyone distriubing Win95. That if you have any information on who is
distributing Win95 you will get money for it :>
W00per : Now check this out - Microsoft wasn't going to lose any money on
beta's so, it was no big deal, but when NTA released the gold edition
- well Microsoft started losing money. Microsoft is notrious; they
are on every major warez board.
INQ : What about PWA and DoD - they released similar versions of Win95
W00per : I do not know what the current situation is with PWA and DoD as far
as Microsoft goes. PWA and DoD may take better ways to cover up
their tracks. We all know that mike doesn't. Mike was very sloppy.
INQ : So what is the explanation behind the bond issue? 100,000 dollar
W00per : Oh, Mike is a good bullshitter and he has so many people wrapped
under his finger and has an expensive lawyer.
INQ : Mikey said that MS/Novell/large vender/etc. could post $100,00 bond
with the courts and take your computers, no questions asked.
W00per : Well lets put it this way. Gail Thackeray is probalby part of this
bust. She has been after his ass for years, and plus so many other
busts his name keeps pop'n up. Now this is how Gail works, she will
give you a deal. I mean shit, anything but prison, and if you
cooperate with her, she will work with you and pull strings. She is a
very powerful woman and we should all except to see more of her.
NOTE : (Another source confirmed that she WAS part of the bust)
INQ : Who exactly is she - An U.S. attorney, private attorney who works for
the software industry?
W00per : She did many things at different times. Once she was one of the top
people in computer fraud and rackteering.
INQ : In the US gov't?
W00per : For the state and local county, but she is also a consultant also.
For she is supposely the best there is, and she can pull strings,
good buds with every major software manufacturer and government
INQ : So what is the plan of action against Mikey and Pieman?
W00per : With mike, since he is coroperating with Gail - he probably get
probabtion and won't get his hardware back.
INQ : Will she ask him for all of the names of fellow people in his hobby?
W00per : But this is the problem. Even if he didn't coroperate he was still
MESSY. He left tracks. For example, I was inside ***** site (Name
Protected) many numerous times. I was watching the RiSC people for
the hell of it :> So, I was roaming around the system and found out
that Mikey did not encrypt anything. It was open where the *****
site was. He had numbers to every major warez person in the scene -
address's and phone numbers. Plus he had every RiSC member phone
number and address right there in the open. Also what files they
took and what they uploaded. Then when mikey went down and *****
went down. So, ***** has been compromised because I can assure that
Gail is also good friends with every internet provider down here in
Phoenix, so I'm sure they coroperated and monitored Mikey and his
connections to places. So what information they got from TDN is now
in the hands of the authorities, including anon.penet address's.
INQ : So whether or not Mikey gives names' - they prolly have them already?
W00per : Yes, they DO have them.
INQ : So what will become of those people?
W00per : Who knows, depends on how imporatnt you are to them. You see by
targeting Mikey, it can lead off into multiple busts, making their
job worthwhile. It's starts a chain reaction. But it looks like
that NTA is being affected first.
INQ : You know Gail better than most of us - will she ever stop?
W00per : No, this woman is on a witch hunt; this is what she does and does
INQ : What about other members of NTA and RiSC?
W00per : Don't forget it's not just NTA, Mike has been a thorn in Gail's side
for years. I sugguest this to everyone in the scene that associated
with mikey at all to take it easy.
INQ : How do you think he escaped so long?
W00per : They had no proof and seriously, Gail said herself, No Proof. I like
to know what kind of proof they have now. Or if they used his "drug
habit" as an excuse
INQ : Not even releases? He put his name on releases, isn't that proof
enough or is that hearsay?
W00per : It's hearsay. It's easy to forge electronic documents and data.
W00per : Scenarios are a) they got something on him
b) someone ELSE turned him in
Gail knew that Mike pirated; she knew that TFF was one of the largest
boards in Arizona. TFF was fucking large, it came out of the 80s
into the 90s, and every major bust that happened TFF just kept
running with no end in sight. So for gail to take down TFF is a
W00per : For the time that Mike has been on the net, WHO knows what
information he has gotten or some warez niggers he got to talk to
him about sites or PWA sites or DOD sites or anything. Also, the
bot's access - has anyone every thought of that? If he is on any of
the major bots.
INQ : It has been verified that Mikey is not or has been removed from
W00per : From the logs on ***** site, he used other people's accounts
CONSTANTLY. He used other people's accounts to grab stuff and used
his accounts either for nothing or upload. I been saying to
everyone to change everything.
W00per : Mikey is also a pathalogical liar. He fooled the entire scene.
Mike is a bullshit artist, he tells ppl he is dying from cancer or he
got in a car accident (which I think he did) or he writes for
magazines. He did this and this or he is some kind of big corporate
dude with tons of money. He would tell people that if they did this
for him he would do this but never come through. Shit, he could tell
some warez nigger right now he was god and that dude probably believe
it, including some who should know better.
W00per : Now when he got busted, I can understand not telling anyone or
shutting up but, he lied about the coma and then denied the bust.
Then pieman gets poped which makes people very suspicous and those
who know him say "i told you so." BTW, on that he didn't cover up
his tracks, he kept every log on his board from day 1. Also on
***** site, he has contacts in Europe, and their phone numbers,
so this may not just end in the states.
INQ : Lets go back to Gail.
W00per : OK
INQ : What exactly did she do to you?
W00per : If you do not mind I will not list any details or my anonymous will
be ruined :>
INQ : That's fine.
W00per : But, I have been prosecuted by her.
INQ : So, 602 is or was a hotbed for Gail to gain a reputation?
W00per : Arizona at one time was the place back in the late 80's
INQ : Until Operation SunDevil.
W00per : Gail gained her first major appecance in Arizona. Where people began
to hear of her. OSD was a major raid across the United States on
hackers. But, from what I still hear today no one has been
procescuted. But, this is also the thing with gail - they will
monitor you for a couple of years if it takes.
INQ : For you to slip once right?
W00per : Or collect enough evidence to put your away for a long time. For
example, Gail has busted MANY people but, no one has heared about it.
She even threatens these people if they talk they will make sure they
never see the light of day again. So there are busts that no one
ever hears about. You see Mike was a possible one of those. No one
knew about it until someone spoke up.
INQ : Anyhow - So what do we do next? Piraters?
W00per : Not hanging in those channels (#warez) minimizes the risk but not
totally. Don't be so goddamn public. Mind if i be frank here?
INQ : Sure.
W00per : This gives me a oppurtunity to say what I been wanting to say. The
PC warez scene has so many ignorant fewls - 10-16 year punks who
think they are some kind of god because they pirate warez. They go
to school and brag - they think they are gods! Because they nickname
pops up in NFO files or they download software they don't use or they
play games all day, but the problem is they are so oepn about it.
They make friends with everyone and they think they are kewl to
phreak - use c0dez and shit. I'm surpised that old timers allowed
this to happen. The solution is for these groups are to rid youself
of these lamers.
INQ : Let's talk about this USCA that was mention the other night.
W00per : Refresh my memory, USCA?
INQ : It's legal to check out software for a 24 hour period - then you must
destroy it - Anything on this?
W00per : Well from what I understand, you can get away with up to like $3000
in software before they can really *nail* you. So that means boards
like TFF were pushing mucho money.
This pretty much ends the interview. The interviewee's information will not
be revealed regardless. This is the actual interview. The information in
here may be taken seriously or jokingly. You are the reader thus it is your
choice. We have not made any of this up nor do we intend to start rumors.
The Pits Bust
On Tuesday night, October 24, 1995, The Pieman's home was raided by U.S.
Marshals and Representitives of Novel Corporation. They took all his
equipment. Novel said his board had a copy of Perfect Office available for
download. As of now it looks like a civil matter. The Pieman business - High
Speed Tech - needs some business desperately. You and your friends can help
The Pieman by buying some hardware from his store. He has very competive
prices. I have been a satisfied customer for years. So, if you know anyone
looking for modems, hard drives, CD-ROM drives, complete systems, et cetera,
send them his way.
High Speed Tech
Located in The Bayridge Section of Brooklyn New York
The individual who caused the bust was DragonMaster.
We would like to Rowdy Roddy Piper for suppling this bit of information to the
We would also like to thank The Pieman for notifing the scene immediately even
though he was risking further prosecution.
It was brought to our attention about a case that could be a breeding ground
for busts. There is a group out there that releases questionable software
which borderlines the shareware/pirated area.
The group goes by DNTA. Certain members have been found on several boards
including some NTA boards. It was led to believe that DNTA meant (Death NTA).
We know of four members of this group - DA-Boner, Mustang (not NTA one),
Bawna and Old-Fart. These members have requested pay accounts, donaters
accounts and to purchase tapes.
From our knowledge - they reside area codes 316 and 913, Kansas. Our
suggestion would to take notice for these users or any who outright request
for tapes or pay access.
It has been brought to our attention that Novell has scheduled 22 busts in
California. These are to occur the last day after Comdex in late November.
In order to save your soul, try downgrading all your PC's to 286's or 386's.
Move all your pirated material or the equipment you do not own into your
server. They legally cannot keep any equipment that does not contain pirated
material. If you want to be safer than that, move all your equipment
elsewhere. They will continue the bust regardless if you have a board up or
not. Microsoft and Novell invest at least $10,000 in each board they are
Also, go research the copyright laws in your state. Each start has different
laws since copyright laws are left to state legislation. In most cases, these
busts are illegal, but they will continue to execute them since we cannot
fight a Civil case. In most cases, they will loose, but it will cost the
avergae man 2-4 years and at least $100,000 in attorney fees.
It was been fought before, and the gentleman won damages for $50,000. He lost
his home and his business in the long run. Hence, Microsoft and Novell know
that we cannot afford this, they will continue to crack down on those who they
feel threaten their profits.
It was brought to our attention that Mikeysoft has resigned from RiSC couriers
It is safe to say we represent the scene. If not, then we would like to say
that we are not angry at you for being busted. We are upset and skeptical
becuase you were not completely honest with us when you were first notified.
We are all in this together. Whether if we like each other or if we are lame
or super-duper elite gods. We feel it was unfair to us not say something
sooner especially when you jeopardize more people than just yourself.
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With the severity of the busts, we at INQUiSITION brought you a longer
than usual issue. Hopefully this will awaken some people out there,
enlighten others or perhaps educate us.
Hopefully you enjoyed this issue of INQUiSITION. Look forward to part
two of Mr.ZigZag's article over site security, Hoson's Interview,
a word from Ordnance and an upcoming debate.
INQUiSITION will have weekly meetings on Wednesday's at 9p Central.
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