drfreak (303147) writes "I started using the Internet early in the upper 1980's. Back then most people didn't have direct access. We'd dial into a server instead which gave us shell accounts to play with and use text-based content such as UseNet and IRC.
Even with the net being that limited many of us forged our first attacks; often just to mess with our friends but sometimes also to punish an adversary. It was all in good fun back then and no real damage was intended. It also gave my friends at the time and myself a lot of new experience coding because it is always more fun to have a goal when writing a script or program than to just do "Hello World."
Ok, so I'll disclose my personal favorite: Hanging out on EFNet IRC a lot, I was always attracted to the misfits called "Operators" which actually ran (still do) the network and hanged out there. Many people (including myself) have tried and failed to hack that channel and kick all the operators out as a badge of honor. Knowing I didn't have the skill at the time to write a bot to do it, I took a bare-bones approach and read the IRC RFC looking for loopholes.
My Friends and I were so intent on hacking IRC we experimented with creating our own network of servers just to see how they operated. While doing that I had an epiphany that there was no limit on how many people can be listed in a -o message. The only limit was in the client, which was typically four.
So, I convinced a friend who was an IRCop to give me an O: line to test my new server. I then commenced to login via telnet masquerading as said server and de-op nearly everyone on #twilight_zone. The only thing which prevented my success was I was typing the list by hand and someone joined at the same time so didn't get de-opped. I was banned forever from that channel for managing to de-op a few dozen people in one line, but I still felt successful for pulling off something a regular bot could never do by my own hands in a telnet session. The only reason I wasn't banned from that network forever was out of respect for the research and attention it took to pull off the attack. I also had no idea what social engineering was back then but it was key to getting server-level access.
drfreak writes "I just bought a new Ducati Monster 696 for Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!) and am wondering how many other slashdotters like to ride. Please chime in with your own personal motorcycle and why you like it.
I picked the 696 because it is a perfect entry-level bike having not ridden in over fifteen years. I am enjoying the chopped cafe style as well and the sound and torque. Not only is the bike easy to ride in street traffic, but it can also really take off on the freeway." Link to Original Source top
drfreak (303147) writes "Apparenly when a suicide bomber was busy rigging explosives up in her safe house, an SMS text message caused the explosives to trigger prematurely. I'm thinking about submitting this story to The Daily WTF as well. What idiot would allow any incoming SMS to trigger the bomb?:)" Link to Original Source top
drfreak writes "This story from OSNews describes Scribd, a site for uploading and reading documents, switching from Flash to HTML5. The major reason for their decision was that HTML5 now supports all the major points of their previous functionality and so they saw no point in using Flash any more. The big improvement in the rollout is that documents are now first-class citizens of HTML and no longer need to sit in a Flash "Window". Check out this demo to see it in action." Link to Original Source top
drfreak writes "Apparently, OSX Leopard now has the skeleton of a PE Loader in it. Check out this article on OSNews: http://www.osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=18982
Rumors are spreading that maybe Leopard will include native Win32 support in the future. Myself, I think it would be more possible that.NET may be ported to it, as the CLR requires a PE loader."