[ISN] Hacking made easy

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Date: Wed Mar 06 2002 - 00:30:23 PST

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    By SHANE HOLLADAY -- Sun Media
    Monday, March 4, 2002 
    EDMONTON -- Edmonton's computer hacker scene hosts its own home-grown
    Web site, offering northern reflections on how to prank the telecom
    The Hack Canada site features tips on Canadian Internet networks, how
    to spam Fido's cellphone network with junk e-mail, how to steal free
    calls from payphones and how to "rip off your local bookstore
    The Edmonton Sun contacted one of Hack Canada's crew, who goes by the
    Internet handle "Cyb0rg/ASM" and who would only do an interview via
    The site is a source of alternative information, he said.
    "It provides a more technical and unbiased view on the Canadian and,
    in part, global computer culture than the typical news sources," said
    Disclaimers are prominent on the site, and Cyb0rg/ASM insisted the
    information on the site itself isn't dangerous unless someone misuses
    "We present the facts, what people do with it is their own
    responsibility. People can learn very dangerous things at a library or
    the neighbourhood bookstore."
    Tom Keenan, a computer security specialist at the University of
    Calgary, said Hack Canada is mostly harmless.
    "There's no hiding this information," said Keenan, adding he now
    prefers designing security to defeat hackers to actually hacking
    In fact, Keenan commended contributors to the site for developing
    their own content instead of re-posting the same old files available
    across the Web.
    "This site is creative, it's Canadian, and it's harmless unless very
    impressionable people get into it."
    The site is also a jumping-off point for the 2600 Club, an Edmonton
    society for hackers.
    The club's name is a nod to the sound frequency that could, until
    recently, be used to trick the telephone system into giving out free
    calls. Also called "phreaking," it's a technical art the Edmonton club
    meets once once a month to discuss, among other things. Most people
    don't come to the site looking to learn how to hack computer systems,
    said Cyb0rg/ASM.
    "People tend to come to us for help with technical problems," he said.  
    "When we can help, we do. And free of charge, I might add."
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