Hacker Publications : A small listicle

The information age is grand! Anyone with an internet capable device and a connection can learn whatever they want if they know where to look. However, information overload is easier than ever.

In the interest of sharing, and not losing, information about some fascinating community resources I put together this small list of pulications and archives for techies, hackers and security concious folks.

Current

2600 : The Hacker Quarterly

I love 2600, and it was the first zine or publication I came across written by and for hackers. There are opinion pieces, stories, research and more in the quarterly. To me, 2600, is fascinating and inspiring. It’s the only magizine I can pick up at Barnes & Noble concerned with privacy, freedom and surveilance.

But I don’t think I can put it any better than the New Yorker did here when interviewing the editor, Emmanuel Goldstein :

“2600 provides an important forum for hackers to discuss the most pressing issues of the day—whether it be surveillance, Internet freedom, or the security of the nation’s nuclear weapons—while sharing new code in languages like Python and C. For example, the most recent issue of the magazine addresses how the hacking community can approach Snowden’s disclosures. After lampooning one of the leaked N.S.A. PowerPoint slides … and discussing how U.S. government is eroding civil rights, the piece points out the contradictions that everyone in the hacking community currently faces. “Hackers are the ones who reveal the inconvenient truths, point out security holes, and offer solutions,” it concludes. “And this is why hackers are the enemy in a world where surveillance and the status quo are the keys to power.”

Scott told me that 2600’s advocacy for Snowden was nothing new. At the time of the leaks, the then Congressman Ed Markey, of Massachusetts (he is now a senator), once called the publication “a manual for computer crime.” But the magazine is less a how-to guide than a collection of stories gathered by hackers on their adventures on and offline, reflecting the bulletin-board systems (B.B.S.s) that inspired Goldstein to start the magazine in the early eighties. “ [From https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/print-magazine-hackers%5D

If you can’t find it in your bookstore you can still subscribe to paper or digital issues here: https://www.2600.com/

POC||GTFO

Proof of Concept or Get the Fuck Out started as a community zine, and is now also availibe in two bound volumes, printed by the beloved No Starch Press!

In their own words:

PoC||GTFO (Proof of Concept or Get The Fuck Out) follows in the tradition of Phrack and Uninformed by publishing on the subjects of offensive security research, reverse engineering, and file format internals. Until now, the journal has only been available online or printed and distributed for free at hacker conferences worldwide.

Consistent with the journal’s quirky, biblical style, this book comes with all the trimmings: a leatherette cover, ribbon bookmark, bible paper, and gilt-edged pages. The book features more than 80 technical essays from numerous famous hackers, authors of classics like “Reliable Code Execution on a Tamagotchi,” “ELFs are Dorky, Elves are Cool,” “Burning a Phone,” “Forget Not the Humble Timing Attack,” and “A Sermon on Hacker Privilege.” Twenty-four full-color pages by Ange Albertini illustrate many of the clever tricks described in the text.” – [https://nostarch.com/gtfo]

As you might expect, it’s full of POC and research, in addition to poetry and social commentary. If you’re looking for inspiration, or want to know how to hack your tamagotchi, this is the place to look!

From Times Passed

NTK.Net

NTK [http://www.ntk.net/] ran from 1997 to 2007 and collected interesting tidbits and news in the community.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for their content.

Phrack

Phrack appears to no longer be active, but the website is up and full of fascinating reads. To allow it to speak for itself, here is the introduction to Phrak from 1985 :

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This article on the fall of hacker groups is one of my favorites right now :

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Phrack : Strauss : The Fall Of Hacker Groups

 

 

BSidesSLC 2019

Bsides SLC was 2/21 & 2/22 this year, and luckily although I couldn’t participate as much as I wanted to, I was able to make it to the last few hours yesterday!

If you aren’t familiar, Bsides is a DIY, grassroots security con which is really well described here http://www.securitybsides.com/w/page/12194138/BSides . Bsides has a reputation for being friendly to those new to security, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

It was great to see friends that I never manage to meet up with outside of community events. And there are so many little things I loved about the conference. For example:

  • Sean Jackson is always on top of getting actual women’s shirts for cons. This is great because, unlike the men’s straight cut that is almost universally considered unisex, they are comfy and fit!
  • I witnessed a small child refer to the dialup sound as “that old internet noise”. [https://www.dialupsound.com/]
  • I met a fellow who makes beautiful pens with his son for fun!
  • I got to attend a panel on tech with great reminders and advice for those new to the industry.
  • Although I didn’t order a badge with my ticket, I was able to buy a left over electronic badge in the end. After seeing the badge talk, I was even more curious about it!

Hopefully, I can finish the badge challenges soon ^_^.