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Hacking History: Clifford Stoll and Operation Showerhead

Clifford Stoll

Hacking History: Clifford Stoll and Operation Showerhead- the first Honey Pot In 1986, an astronomer named Clifford Stoll, had is grant cut and started a new job in the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), as a systems manager. Near the beginning of his new role, his boss asked him to investigate… Read more »

Hacking History: The Morris Worm and Robert T. Morris Jr.

the Morris worm

Hacking History: Robert Tappan Morris Jr. Up to this point in our hacking history series, the figures have focused on decryption and then manual processes to intercept communications or gather information from other people’s systems. In this next installment of our series, the potential of hacking into networks and computers… Read more »

Hacking History: The Mentor and The Hacker Manifesto

The Mentor and The Hacker Manifesto

Hacking History: The Mentor and The Hacker Manifesto Loyd “The Mentor” Blankenship was a second-generation Legion of Doom hacker, riding the BBS wave and hacking the telephone networks along with every other 1980’s hacker. Much like other Generation X hackers, Blankenship was very young (in high school) and didn’t respond… Read more »

Hacking History: LOD vs. MOD Part 2 [The Hacker Gang War]

Legion of Doom Masters of Deception

Hacking History: LOD vs. MOD Part 2 [The Hacker Gang War] Last week, I started the story of two of the most infamous hacker gangs of the 1980’s: the Legion of Doom and the Masters of Deception. The second part of this story gets a bit more ambiguous, considering the… Read more »

Hacking History: LOD vs. MOD Part 1. [The Gangs Form]

Legion of Doom Masters of Deception

Hacking History: LOD vs. MOD Part 1. [The Gangs Form] In the early 1980’s, around the same time the 414s and Chaos Computer Club formed, many hacker groups started popping up all around the world. One of the earliest of these groups was the Knights of Shadow. Hacker groups recruited… Read more »

Hacking History: The 414s

the 414s

Hacking History: The 414s The 80’s Hacker Craze In the early 1980’s the internet and home-computer were relatively new and had yet to be accounted for, in the United States legal system. Innovation and progress moved faster than the bureaucratic system could keep up with, let alone predict. In 1983… Read more »

Hacking History: The Chaos Computer Club (CCC)

Chaos Computer Club

Hacking History: The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) is the oldest hacking group (I would even say, oldest hacktivist group) known in history, but also brings us all the way to 1981. Before we go into the CCC’s history, let’s do a little catch up to… Read more »

Hacking History: Rene Carmille

Rene Carmille and Nazi punch cards

Hacking History: Rene Carmille Moving away from Poland and England, there are still historical hackers to be found throughout WWII. One of the greatest heroes of the war was Rene Carmille, French Army General Comptroller. Rene Carmille is often also credited as “the first hacker” for his work, defying the… Read more »

Hacking History: Bletchley Park

Women of Bletchley Park

Hacking History: Bletchley Park Bletchley Park, known as one of Britain’s best-kept-secrets (until recently) was the home of the Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) where codebreakers worked tirelessly to decipher Nazi codes during World War II. As mentioned in my last two posts of this series, Bletchley Park housed… Read more »

Hacking History: Alan Turing

Hacking History

Hacking History: Alan Turing Alan Turing, sometimes known as the “Father of the Computer” (though I’d be more inclined to call him Grandfather of the Computer) and now widely known as the main character in “The Imitation Game”, is one of the most noted hackers of WWII as well as… Read more »