Masters of Deception

Masters of Deception

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BOOK ONE: 
The Originals In the early part of 1987, there were numerous amounts of busts in the US and in New York in particular. For the most part, many of the so- called "elite" had gone underground or had just gotten scared out of hacking. Many people, as always, thought hacking would die because of the raids. It was right before these raids that MOD had formed. It came about when Acid Phreak, then using another handle, had been running a semi-private bbs off his Commodore piece of shit and 10 generic Commie drives. It was called KAOS, and it attracted hacks and phreaks from across the country (as well as the usual amount of k0dez d00ds). Nynex Phreak had been co-sysop (having been AP's partner for about 2 years before that) and the board started off with about 140 users but was weeded to the best 60 or so. On this bbs, Acid Phreak had gotten along with a few "kewl dewds" who enjoyed the mischievous aspect of phreaking. They were Silver Surfer in California, and Quick Hack in Texas. When the raids came however, Silver Surfer got nabbed for using a PBX in 404 and therefore, retired. Quick Hack and Acid stayed low and called each other less frequently than usual. Soon they had both stopped completely. In early 1989, Acid had come back into the scene and had called a local New York board with a somewhat "k0dez-e" attitude called ShadoWorld in 212. Of course there were lots of neophytes eager to learn more about hacking and how to call places for free. Most of them had been in the "does 950 trace?" stage, except for someone who went by the handle Harry Hazardous. Under the handle Phuck This (also Bell Bandit which had originally been Nynex Phreak's other handle), he met with Harry. Soon they had gained enough respect for each other and decided to meet. Harry turned out to be HAC, a cyberpunk to the "T". In numerous conversations between the two, AP had mentioned the sweetness of telephone company computers and how interesting their intricate structures were. HAC was a hardcore systems hacker himself, but he had also been partners with someone who came across (and had an impressive knack for) some telco computers. He went by the name Scorpion and he also lived in the NYC area. Soon the three were partaking in all sorts of mischievous pranks and under the guise of numerous handles (ie. The Potent Rodent, Dream Master, Phuck This) they took to knocking down the locals who thought "I know all there is about hacking". It was in the midst of all this fun that they agreed to form an underground group called MOD (approx. June 1989). About one month later, Acid had been on Altos (revisiting a chat that was once, but never again, the heart of a lot of good hacker convos since early '84 or so) when he came across someone asking for Unix gurus. His handle was The Wing, and he ran a Unix system from his home in Pennsylvania. Scorpion was always a Unix guru while Acid had only come across it in college two years back. The Wing offered Acid an account on his system and soon he became "Phreak-Op" on The Seventh Dragon, his bbs run off the Unix, using yet another old alias "Depeche Mode". Relaying the information to Scorpion on yet another good addition to the group, they decided to recruit him into MOD. The fun, it seemed, had just started... --EOF (end Book.One)

BOOK TWO: 
Creative Mindz With the addition of The Wing, came a shitload of pranks and loads of fun. He hadn't known much about telephone systems, but one thing he knew was how to make Unixes do nifty things. Of course, he and Scorpion had undertaken the task of taking on some worthwhile projects and providing the group with some healthy side-benefits (which cannot be mentioned or commented on at this particular moment in time). At this point, the group consisted of the 4 original founders (flounders??) -> Acid Phreak, HAC, Scorpion, and The Wing. Around this time, 2600 Magazine had 2 boards in operation. The Central Office, and The Toll Center. OSUNY had gone down for some strange reason a short time earlier. It was on The Toll Center (Red Knight's bbs) that AP had first met the next member of the group (and coincidentally Red Knight which is the most recent member to the group). He called himself "Supernigger" and had much the same ideology as the rest of the group. It was following his group's original "knock down those who think they know everything" attitude that MOD also adopted the same mentality. Supernigger was drafted and with him came hours of discussions on REAL phreaking and Social Engineering. There was also a loooong period of time where MOD had a conference bridge set up by SN. Hours of enjoyment and fun for the whole family and kids of all ages... Another hacker and telco computer specialist also seemed to be very prominent and knowledgeable then as well. He wasn't liked very much because he seemed to have a rather large ego, which I may add, makes it okay to have when you know so much as he did. He went by two other handles a long time before, and when AP had first called him up he had an idea he was also those 2 other people, but he had refused to admit so. He declared he was "Phiber Optik of the LOD!" and asked what AP wanted. Scorpion, Acid and Phiber exchanged ideas on switching theory for a long while, but then came the time when PO wanted to know Acid Phreak's phone number since he found it "unfair". AP mentioned that he could prove himself by finding it for himself. Armed with a dialup, PO called Acid back on his real number and casually proclaimed victory. And so, Phiber Optik was "brought into" the group. What was different however, was the fact that he and AP had similar interests and started "hanging" as friends "around the way" along with HAC and Scorpion in the Village (NYC). The Toll Center went down weeks later and PO, AP, and Scorpion found themselves calling random "newjacks" to the scene. In this way they stumbled across Crazy Eddie and a "question and answer forum" among the four of them ensued with Crazy Eddie proclaiming his eagerness to learn. Coincidentally after a few calls to CE on his home line he challenged the MOD crew to find his other number. Sure enough they called it but coincidentally enough, a few days later in the week, a rather nasal sounding man had called him saying he was ITT security(?) and had tried to convince him he was in deep shit for using codes and that he knows the "numbers of the hackers that have been calling" him. In a rather idiotic fashion, the ITT person attempted to coax the 3 MOD members to call him using 10488 (equal access, fgd). He gave a bullshit number to where he was at and waited by his little thermal printer for the phone numbers to pop up. Of course, they realized what a futile attempt to catch them this was, and Crazy Eddie had replied that "they say they don't feel like using equal access but they'll call the number anyway". It turns out the number wasn't even real and after meeting with the ITT man on a loop he declared that they were smarter than he thought. After a few months, Crazy Eddie was introduced to the group and so, he had gotten to know the group very well. Unfortunately, so had the Secret Service... --EOF (end Book.Two)

BOOK THREE: 
A Kick In The Groin Well, suffice it to say, the fun couldn't last forever. On January 24, 1990, the Secret Service visited the homes of Acid Phreak, Phiber Optik, and Scorpion. The raid didn't come as a surprise since they had been somewhat weary of Thomas Covenant's behavior as of late. Acid Phreak had been away for 2 weeks (visiting relatives in a foreign country) and was *somewhat* surprised to meet such unopportune guests a day after his arrival. Phiber was equally amused at the "cleaning service" he found so diligently working in his bedroom. Scorpion on the other hand, extremely *enjoyed* the thorough job they had performed at both his dorm and his house and even saved some hardware they had left behind for the next time they visit (which they did). Days later, they had gone to meet The Wing, which wasn't able to talk for too long since he was too busy. He had been anticipating this little visit for awhile though. His dad didn't exactly like the idea of their presence and kicked their lack-of-a-warrant asses out before they got a chance to put to use their years of interrogation techniques classes. Seems they think he showed his teacher a credit report or something... A few weeks go by, and MOD gets to know Seeker. He sounds cool enough, and he knows his electronics so he is a very valuable addition to the group. Seeker made his way in and so did the million-and-one MOD stickers and funny-colored-little-box-thingies. The stickers, of which, made their way to Ground Zero's big butt at a 2600 meeting. Anyways, the MOD Unix went down, and 3 local hackers with much potential caught attention to them. They were: ZOD (a Unix hacker), Outlaw (just a general dude), and Corrupt (Vax king). After days of getting to know them, they were pulled in. Countless weeks went by with what seemed like a dozen MOD bbs's on 800s, packet switched networks, etc... The group's popularity soared in such a short period of time, but many hackers disagreed with the MOD style much in the same way Phiber Optik had enjoyed humiliating those "in the know" publically. ZOD was the last of the group to be raided (or at least the most recent), but has since made much headway into the telecom world. Outlaw has also been somewhat adept with telco speak. Corrupt, having been very active before, doesn't have a working computer anymore and so..well, duh. Two new members were introduced around the time of the writing of this chapter. The first was The Plague. He had a professional attitude and was certainly worth trusting. Of course, with all the media attention drawn to him and MOD in general, he has decided to remain low and not bring any more to himself. Red Knight was originally on trash runs with Acid Phreak in '89 but was not brought in until July '90. It seems RK has learned a lot about telco ways since he first put up The Toll Center. RK also seems to enjoy reminiscing about the trash run days (of which there were quite a few). As of August 1, 1990, there are 14 members. These include: Acid Phreak (r) HAC Scorpion (r) The Wing (v) Supernigger Nynex Phreak (r) Phiber Optik (r) Crazy Eddie (r) Seeker ZOD (r) Outlaw Corrupt The Plague Red Knight (v) signifies person was visited but nothing taken (r) means either raided or retired, it's a pickem.. - - -> MOD is now *CLOSED* to membership. <- - - This is the official (and most likely to be the final) list of dewds. Of course, members may use a GROUP account or another handle, but the fact remains that these are the ONLY members in the group. Unlike LOD, we know who is in and who isn't.. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ We should also note Julian Dibbell (Dr. Bombay) for his work on "Rebel Hackers" in The Village Voice on July 24, 1990. He portrayed the scene the way it really is and of course gave us the amount of coverage we deserve. And of course, we came out the way we really are and not as criminals out to destroy the world. Dr. Bombay was invited to the MOD Unix right before the raid. 'lo and behold.. a front-page cover story! "We rule". MOD/Forever We Hack --EOF (end Book.Three)