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Hacking Essay, Research Paper


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This file will be divided into four parts:

Part 1: What is Hacking, A Hacker’s Code of Ethics, Basic Hacking Safety

Part 2: Packet Switching Networks: Telenet- How it Works, How to Use it,

Outdials, Network Servers, Private PADs

Part 3: Identifying a Computer, How to Hack In, Operating System


Part 4: Conclusion- Final Thoughts, Books to Read, Boards to Call,


Part One: The Basics ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As long as there have been computers, there have been hackers. In the 50’s

at the Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT), students devoted much time

and energy to ingenious exploration of the computers. Rules and the law were

disregarded in their pursuit for the ‘hack’. Just as they were enthralled with

their pursuit of information, so are we. The thrill of the hack is not in

breaking the law, it’s in the pursuit and capture of knowledge.

To this end, let me contribute my suggestions for guidelines to follow to

ensure that not only you stay out of trouble, but you pursue your craft without

damaging the computers you hack into or the companies who own them.

I. Do not intentionally damage *any* system. II. Do not alter any system

files other than ones needed to ensure your

escape from detection and your future access (Trojan Horses, Altering

Logs, and the like are all necessary to your survival for as long as

possible.) III. Do not leave your (or anyone else’s) real name, real

handle, or real

phone number on any system that you access illegally. They *can* and

will track you down from your handle! IV. Be careful who you share

information with. Feds are getting trickier.

Generally, if you don’t know their voice phone number, name, and

occupation or haven’t spoken with them voice on non-info trading

conversations, be wary. V. Do not leave your real phone number to

anyone you don’t know. This

includes logging on boards, no matter how k-rad they seem. If you

don’t know the sysop, leave a note telling some trustworthy people

that will validate you. VI. Do not hack government computers. Yes,

there are government systems

that are safe to hack, but they are few and far between. And the

government has inifitely more time and resources to track you down than

a company who has to make a profit and justify expenses. VII. Don’t use

codes unless there is *NO* way around it (you don’t have a

local telenet or tymnet outdial and can’t connect to anything 800…)

You use codes long enough, you will get caught. Period. VIII. Don’t be

afraid to be paranoid. Remember, you *are* breaking the law.

It doesn’t hurt to store everything encrypted on your hard disk, or

keep your notes buried in the backyard or in the trunk of your car.

You may feel a little funny, but you’ll feel a lot funnier when you

when you meet Bruno, your transvestite cellmate who axed his family to

death. IX. Watch what you post on boards. Most of the really great

hackers in the

country post *nothing* about the system they’re currently working

except in the broadest sense (I’m working on a UNIX, or a COSMOS, or

something generic. Not “I’m hacking into General Electric’s Voice Mail

System” or something inane and revealing like that.) X. Don’t be afraid

to ask questions. That’s what more experienced hackers

are for. Don’t expect *everything* you ask to be answered, though.

There are some things (LMOS, for instance) that a begining hacker

shouldn’t mess with. You’ll either get caught, or screw it up for

others, or both. XI. Finally, you have to actually hack. You can hang

out on boards all you

want, and you can read all the text files in the world, but until you

actually start doing it, you’ll never know what it’s all about. There’s

no thrill quite the same as getting into your first system (well, ok,

I can think of a couple of bigger thrills, but you get the picture.)

One of the safest places to start your hacking career is on a computer system

belonging to a college. University computers have notoriously lax security, and

are more used to hackers, as every college computer depart-ment has one or two,

so are less likely to press charges if you should be detected. But the odds of

them detecting you and having the personel to committ to tracking you down are

slim as long as you aren’t destructive.

If you are already a college student, this is ideal, as you can legally

explore your computer system to your heart’s desire, then go out and look for

similar systems that you can penetrate with confidence, as you’re already

familar with them.

So if you just want to get your feet wet, call your local college. Many of

them will provide accounts for local residents at a nominal (under $20) charge.

Finally, if you get caught, stay quiet until you get a lawyer. Don’t vol-

unteer any information, no matter what kind of ‘deals’ they offer you. Nothing

is binding unless you make the deal through your lawyer, so you might as well

shut up and wait.

Part Two: Networks ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The best place to begin hacking (other than a college) is on one of the

bigger networks such as Telenet. Why? First, there is a wide variety of

computers to choose from, from small Micro-Vaxen to huge Crays. Second, the

networks are fairly well documented. It’s easier to find someone who can help

you with a problem off of Telenet than it is to find assistance concerning your

local college computer or high school machine. Third, the networks are safer.

Because of the enormous number of calls that are fielded every day by the big

networks, it is not financially practical to keep track of where every call and

connection are made from. It is also very easy to disguise your location using

the network, which makes your hobby much more secure.

Telenet has more computers hooked to it than any other system in the world

once you consider that from Telenet you have access to Tymnet, ItaPAC, JANET,

DATAPAC, SBDN, PandaNet, THEnet, and a whole host of other networks, all of

which you can connect to from your terminal.

The first step that you need to take is to identify your local dialup port.

This is done by dialing 1-800-424-9494 (1200 7E1) and connecting. It will spout

some garbage at you and then you’ll get a prompt saying ‘TERMINAL=’. This is

your terminal type. If you have vt100 emulation, type it in now. Or just hit

return and it will default to dumb terminal mode.

You’ll now get a prompt that looks like a @. From here, type @c mail

and then it will ask for a Username. Enter ‘phones’ for the username. When it

asks for a password, enter ‘phones’ again. From this point, it is menu driven.

Use this to locate your local dialup, and call it back locally. If you don’t

have a local dialup, then use whatever means you wish to connect to one long

distance (more on this later.)

When you call your local dialup, you will once again go through the TERMINAL=

stuff, and once again you’ll be presented with a @. This prompt lets you know

you are connected to a Telenet PAD. PAD stands for either Packet

Assembler/Disassembler (if you talk to an engineer), or Public Access Device (if

you talk to Telenet’s marketing people.) The first description is more correct.

Telenet works by taking the data you enter in on the PAD you dialed into,

bundling it into a 128 byte chunk (normally… this can be changed), and then

transmitting it at speeds ranging from 9600 to 19,200 baud to another PAD, who

then takes the data and hands it down to whatever computer or system it’s

connected to. Basically, the PAD allows two computers that have different baud

rates or communication protocols to communicate with each other over a long

distance. Sometimes you’ll notice a time lag in the remote machines response.

This is called PAD Delay, and is to be expected when you’re sending data through

several different links.

What do you do with this PAD? You use it to connect to remote computer

systems by typing ‘C’ for connect and then the Network User Address (NUA) of the

system you want to go to.

An NUA takes the form of 031103130002520


| | |

| | |____ network address

| |_________ area prefix

|______________ DNIC

This is a summary of DNIC’s (taken from Blade Runner’s file on ItaPAC)

according to their country and network name.

DNIC Network Name Country DNIC Network Name Country __________


| 02041 Datanet 1 Netherlands |

03110 Telenet USA 02062 DCS Belgium | 03340

Telepac Mexico 02080 Transpac France | 03400 UDTS-

Curacau Curacau 02284 Telepac Switzerland | 04251 Isranet

Israel 02322 Datex-P Austria | 04401 DDX-P Japan

02329 Radaus Austria | 04408 Venus-P Japan 02342

PSS UK | 04501 Dacom-Net South Korea 02382

Datapak Denmark | 04542 Intelpak Singapore 02402

Datapak Sweden | 05052 Austpac Australia 02405

Telepak Sweden | 05053 Midas Australia 02442 Finpak

Finland | 05252 Telepac Hong Kong 02624 Datex-P

West Germany | 05301 Pacnet New Zealand 02704 Luxpac

Luxembourg | 06550 Saponet South Africa 02724 Eirpak

Ireland | 07240 Interdata Brazil 03020 Datapac Canada

| 07241 Renpac Brazil 03028 Infogram Canada |

09000 Dialnet USA 03103 ITT/UDTS USA | 07421

Dompac French Guiana 03106 Tymnet USA |

There are two ways to find interesting addresses to connect to. The first

and easiest way is to obtain a copy of the LOD/H Telenet Directory from the

LOD/H Technical Journal #4 or 2600 Magazine. Jester Sluggo also put out a good

list of non-US addresses in Phrack Inc. Newsletter Issue 21. These files will

tell you the NUA, whether it will accept collect calls or not, what type of

computer system it is (if known) and who it belongs to (also if known.)

The second method of locating interesting addresses is to scan for them

manually. On Telenet, you do not have to enter the 03110 DNIC to connect to a

Telenet host. So if you saw that 031104120006140 had a VAX on it you wanted to

look at, you could type @c 412 614 (0’s can be ignored most of the time.)

If this node allows collect billed connections, it will say 412 614 CONNECTED

and then you’ll possibly get an identifying header or just a Username: prompt.

If it doesn’t allow collect connections, it will give you a message such as 412

614 REFUSED COLLECT CONNECTION with some error codes out to the right, and

return you to the @ prompt.

There are two primary ways to get around the REFUSED COLLECT message. The

first is to use a Network User Id (NUI) to connect. An NUI is a username/pw

combination that acts like a charge account on Telenet. To collect to node 412

614 with NUI junk4248, password 525332, I’d type the following: @c 412

614,junk4248,525332 9999 in that prefix, making a note of all the carriers you

find. There is software available to do this for nearly every computer in the

world, so you don’t have to do it by hand.

Part Three: I’ve Found a Computer, Now What? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


This next section is applicable universally. It doesn’t matter how you found

this computer, it could be through a network, or it could be from carrier

scanning your High School’s phone prefix, you’ve got this prompt this prompt,

what the hell is it?

I’m *NOT* going to attempt to tell you what to do once you’re inside of any

of these operating systems. Each one is worth several G-files in its own right.

I’m going to tell you how to identify and recognize certain OpSystems, how to

approach hacking into them, and how to deal with something that you’ve never

seen before and have know idea what it is.

VMS- The VAX computer is made by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC),

and runs the VMS (Virtual Memory System) operating system.

VMS is characterized by the ‘Username:’ prompt. It will not tell

you if you’ve entered a valid username or not, and will disconnect

you after three bad login attempts. It also keeps track of all

failed login attempts and informs the owner of the account next time

s/he logs in how many bad login attempts were made on the account.

It is one of the most secure operating systems around from the

outside, but once you’re in there are many things that you can do

to circumvent system security. The VAX also has the best set of

help files in the world. Just type HELP and read to your heart’s


Common Accounts/Defaults: [username: password [[,password]] ]






GUEST: GUEST or unpassworded

DEMO: DEMO or unpassworded


DEC-10- An earlier line of DEC computer equipment, running the TOPS-10

operating system. These machines are recognized by their

‘.’ prompt. The DEC-10/20 series are remarkably hacker-friendly,

allowing you to enter several important commands without ever

logging into the system. Accounts are in the format [xxx,yyy] where

xxx and yyy are integers. You can get a listing of the accounts and

the process names of everyone on the system before logging in with

the command .systat (for SYstem STATus). If you seen an account

that reads [234,1001] BOB JONES, it might be wise to try BOB or

JONES or both for a password on this account. To login, you type

.login xxx,yyy and then type the password when prompted for it.

The system will allow you unlimited tries at an account, and does

not keep records of bad login attempts. It will also inform you

if the UIC you’re trying (UIC = User Identification Code, 1,2 for

example) is bad.

Common Accounts/Defaults:



5,30: GAMES

UNIX- There are dozens of different machines out there that run UNIX.

While some might argue it isn’t the best operating system in the

world, it is certainly the most widely used. A UNIX system will

usually have a prompt like ‘login:’ in lower case. UNIX also

will give you unlimited shots at logging in (in most cases), and

there is usually no log kept of bad attempts.

Common Accounts/Defaults: (note that some systems are case

sensitive, so use lower case as a general rule. Also, many times

the accounts will be unpassworded, you’ll just drop right in!)

root: root

admin: admin

sysadmin: sysadmin or admin

unix: unix

uucp: uucp

rje: rje

guest: guest

demo: demo

daemon: daemon

sysbin: sysbin

Prime- Prime computer company’s mainframe running the Primos operating

system. The are easy to spot, as the greet you with

‘Primecon 18.23.05′ or the like, depending on the version of the

operating system you run into. There will usually be no prompt

offered, it will just look like it’s sitting there. At this point,

type ‘login ‘. If it is a pre-18.00.00 version of Primos,

you can hit a bunch of ^C’s for the password and you’ll drop in.

Unfortunately, most people are running versions 19+. Primos also

comes with a good set of help files. One of the most useful

features of a Prime on Telenet is a facility called NETLINK. Once

you’re inside, type NETLINK and follow the help files. This allows

you to connect to NUA’s all over the world using the ‘nc’ command.

For example, to connect to NUA 026245890040004, you would type

@nc :26245890040004 at the netlink prompt.

Common Accounts/Defaults:









HP-x000- This system is made by Hewlett-Packard. It is characterized by the

‘:’ prompt. The HP has one of the more complicated login sequences


Fortunately, some of these fields can be left blank in many cases.

Since any and all of these fields can be passworded, this is not

the easiest system to get into, except for the fact that there are

usually some unpassworded accounts around. In general, if the

defaults don’t work, you’ll have to brute force it using the

common password list (see below.) The HP-x000 runs the MPE operat-

ing system, the prompt for it will be a ‘:’, just like the logon

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