Established 1984. The ORIGINAL "E-zine." Eastside - Westside - Worldwide: Bow Down 6 6 6 _ _ ((___)) [ x x ] cDc \ / cDc (' ') (U) c D c M E D I A G L O B A L D O M I N A T I O N U P D A T E N U M B E R S I X Unabridged
Forward to the President. Red Alert. Full Steam Ahead. Power on.
This is Media Global Domination Update number six from the Cult of the Dead Cow's Ministry of Propaganda.
You have never seen us, but you may have felt our wrath. We operate in the bitter darkness outside the known channels. We thrive in the ferro-concrete walls of the technological civilization. We are the stainless steel rats, gnawing at the underpinnings of the 'Information Superhighway', spreading the power and propaganda of the Cow wherever we go.
Founded in late 1984, the Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) is the oldest group still active in the computer underground; the only group (aside from a few layme p1RaT3 gR0oPzZz) with a female group member; the only group to host its own annual HoHoCon hacker convention; and, with over 300 text files in circulation, the most prolific group. cDc is definitely cooler than the Legion of Doom (LoD), and more importantly, our T-shirts are more colorful. We also have stickers.
Great, you may say, but have we ever disrupted communications on two continents by moving telecommunications satellites? Mhm. Hacked computing resources belonging to the three-letter agencies and the Pentagon? Yep. Electronically altered environmental controls in local malls? Done that. But unlike other hacker groups you've undoubtedly read about, we've never been caught.
With qualifications like these, it's not surprising that over the past few years, the media has looked to us as the darling boy (and girl) torch-bearers of the DIY-cyber-hacker-underground movement. It's our unfortunate cross to bear. But as the whole of Generation X follows our lead into the new millenium, we feel it is our duty to our peers to maintain the struggle and "raise high our freak flag," as it were.
On their behalf, we intend to dominate and subvert the media wherever possible. Information is a virus. And we intend to infect all of you.
There is NO vaccine.
There is NO escape.
There is NO hope.
There is ONLY cDc.
What follows is the unabridged update on our progress to taint your global information outlets. The full report can be found at
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I. MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS MENTIONING OR QUOTING cDc OR ITS MEMBERS * 93. _US News_, June 14, 1999, "Can Hackers be Stopped?" by Brendan I. Koerner. This article refers to cDc, but ends up being a huge dick suck for ISS. Almost quoting, "ISS, whose engineers are all geniuses, and the company as a whole, are the greatest thing since sliced shit. Without them, we would never have been protected from Back Orifice!" http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/990614/14hack.htm * 92. _The Los Angeles Times_, March 31, 1999, Business Section, "Security of Microsoft's Products is Questioned," by Leslie Helm. "The Melissa virus that tied up computer systems around the world is just the latest in a string of attacks on Microsoft software and has raised questions among security experts about Microsoft's ability to protect its customers." http://www.latimes.com/HOME/BUSINESS/t000028532.1.html * 91. _Time Magazine_, March 22, 1999, pg 60, "Cracking the Code," by Chris Taylor. A really dumb story about E&Y teaching its people to "hack." Anyway, projected on the wall of their classroom is the image of the cDc homepage and the iron cross with cowskull cutout. http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/digital/feature/0,2955,22179,00.html * 90. _Information Security Magazine_, February, 1999, "Down with Hacktivism!" http://www.infosecuritymag.com/feb99/underground.htm * 89. _ABC News_, February 5, 1999, a chat with Count Zero. http://abcnews.go.com/sections/tech/DailyNews/chat_countzero.html * 88. _ABC News_, February 4, 1999, "The Great Hacker Divide: A Generation Gap in Hacker Subculture." http://abcnews.go.com/sections/tech/DailyNews/hackers990203.html * 87. _The Boston Globe_, January 24, Weekend Magazine supplement contained a special report on Hacktivism. http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/024/focus/ They_call_it__hacktivism_+.shtml * 86. _The Montreal Gazette_, February 3, 1999, "The Good Hackers: 'Hacktivists' use their Web Savvy for Human Rights," by Andy Riga. http://www.montrealgazette.com/PAGES/990203/2240792.html * 85. _MSNBC_, January 15, 1999, "Cyberwar Averted, but What Now?" by Bob Sullivan. Legion of Underground declared war on Iraq and China, then withdrew after a joint condemnation of their declaration by leading members of the computer underground. http://www.msnbc.com/news/232090.asp * 84. _Der Spiegel_, January 13, 1999. Interview with cDc, CCC and the L0pht regarding the implications of 'cyber warfare'. Have governments discovered the next 'red menace'? http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/jump.phtml?channel=netzwelt& rub=02&cont=themen/hackerkrieg.html * 83. _CNN_, January 13, 1999, "Hackers Spar over Cyber War on Iraq, China," by Mary Lisbeth D'Amico http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9901/13/cyberwar.idg/ * 82. _Wired_, January 8, 1999, "Crackers Call Off 'War'", by James Glave. cDc, 2600, the Chaos Computer Club, L0pht Heavy Industries, Phrack, Toxyn, !Hispahack, Pulhas, and several individual Dutch hackers band together to issue a joint condemnation of Legion of Underground's declaration of war against the information infrastructures of China and Iraq. * 81. "Dissidents Hack Holes in China's New Wall", January 4, 1999, Column one, Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/HOME/NEWS/NATION/t000000936.html * 80. _Diario de Navegante_, December 1, 1998, "Los Hackers Rompen La Gran Muralla China," mentions an innovative group known as "Culto a la vaca Muerta." * 79. _Time Magazine ASIA_, November 9, 1998, Vol. 152 No. 18, "Policing the Net." http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/asia/magazine/1998/981109/ china_internet1.html http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/asia/magazine/1998/981109/ china_internet2.html * 78. _Asia Week_, October 30, 1998, "From the Web: Phreaking Hacktivists." http://www.pathfinder.com/asiaweek/98/1030/feat9.html * 77. _The Ottawa Citizen_, October 26, 1998, "E-Guerillas in the Mist," by Bob Paquin. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/hightech/981026/1964496.html * 76. _US News_, September 28, 1998, "Chinese 'hacktivists' spin a Web of trouble for the regime," by Bay Fang. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/980928/28chin.htm * 75. _Wired_, September 22, 1998, "The Golden Age of Hacktivism," by Niall McKay. A good article on hacktivism with quotes from Oxblood. http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/15129.html * 74. _The Edmonton Journal_, September 10, 1998, "Bedlam at Hacker's Conference," by Andrew Gilligan. "The highlight of the conference, for example, was the unveiling of Back Orifice, a hacker tool revealed with all the fanfare of a Microsoft product-launch plus. There was, for no very clear reason, a youth capering around the stage in a cow mask, white-fur cowboy's chaps and a pearl-handled pistol in a holster. The audience went wild with delight." http://www.edmontonjournal.com/computers/091098stor6.html * 73. August 24, 1998 issue of _Business Week_ covered Back Orifice, Complete with an illustration of Satan breaking into someone's computer. (That's a little heavy-handed, don't you think?) Edmund Muth, Microsoft's product manager for security is quoted as saying, "This is the kind of software that could produce very substantial damage to someone's computer if it were installed." Curiously, this is a complete about-face from his August 4th statement to the New York Times. http://www.businessweek.com/1998/35/b3593100.htm * 73. _The New York Times_, August 4, 1998, "Hacker Group Says Program Can Exploit Microsoft Security Hole," by Matt Richtel. This article contains a memorable quote from Microsoft's product manager for security, Edmund Muth, "This is not a tool we should take seriously, or our customers should take seriously." http://www.njh.com/latest/9808/980804-01.html * 72. _The New York Times_, August 2, 1998, "The Hacker Myth Crumbles at Convention," by Matt Richtel. http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/08/cyber/articles/02hacker.html * 71. Metaphors involving the Great Wall continue to abound. "Looking for an Opening in the New Great Wall", _The Globe and Mail_, June 6, 1998, by Charles Foran. http://globetechnology.com/gam/News/19980606/FORAN.html * 70. The Russian version of the _ComputerWorld_ article about cDc and the Hong Kong Blondes. http://gorod.ttn.ru/cw/1998/04/internet/ * 69. February 2, 1998, _ComputerWorld_, "Target NT: Hackers Have Made the Latest Version of Windows Their Own Personal Playground," by Deborah Radcliff. http://www2.computerworld.com/home/online9697.nsf/CWFlashWeekly/980202id * 68. January 22, 1998, _ComputerWorld Hong Kong_, "Hackers Fighting for Human Rights in China," by Sumner Lemon. http://www.idg.net/idg_frames/english/content.cgi?vc=docid_9-57150.html 67. December, 1997, _Wired_, Issue 5.12, "Hacking China", Updata section, top story. Working with the Cult of the Dead Cow, the Hong Kong Blondes works to disrupt official information systems in the People's Republic. Data longs to be free, and so do the people of China. 66. November, 1997 _Byte_, "Deja Vu All Over Again". Windows NT security is under fire. It's not just that there are holes, but that they're holes that other OSes patched years ago. Written by the man who would know: Mudge. No, he didn't choose the article's title. 65. National Semiconductor's recent "What Does Information Feel Like?" ad campaign re-uses a modified version of a December, 1996 _Wired_ article photo depicting Carolyn Meinel beside a monitor emblazened with cDc stickers. The c0w is still visible in National Semi's ad, which you can spot in _Business Week_ and _EE Times_. 64. _Software Magazine_, October, 1997, "You know they're coming at you. Can you stop them? Hackers, Terrorists, and Spies." The editor of this Beyond HOPE 1997 article seems to have the literary skills of a 4th grader. But in any case, here's the URL: http://www.sentrytech.com/sm107cv.htm 63. _Network World_, Aug 4, 1997, Vol 14, Num 31, "Hackers love NT's compatibility," by Dave Kearns, pg 22. Mudge and L0phtCrack take center-stage. 62. Hobbit, Yobie and the L0pht's Mudge are highlighted in this _EE Times_ whitepaper, "The Dinner". http://techweb.cmp.com/eet/whitepaper/paper1/paper1.html 61. Mudge and the old guard hold court at the Black Hat conference and at DefCon: http://www5.zdnet.com/zdnn/content/zdnn/0711/zdnn0012.html 60. _EE Times_, July 14, "Microsoft Sits Down with the Enemy". The article does not mention the subtext: that the L0pht is now dictating terms for the anschluss of Microsoft. http://www.techweb.com/se/directlink.cgi?EET19970714S0021 59. _MacWeek_, July 7, 1997, pg 3, David Morgenstern's Hot List includes: * Cult of the Dead Cow http://www.l0pht.com/veggie/allmedia.html This cross-platform assembly is the oldest extant computer-underground group. The site has several samizdats about computer freedom. It also claims to have better T-shirts and stickers than the Legion of Doom, a well-known group of hackers. 58. July 1st edition of the _San Francisco Weekly_, Cool Beans! is reviewed in the Arts & Entertainment section, pg 94: Best of San Francisco '97 Arts & Entertainment Best Local Music Zine Cool Beans 3181 Mission #113 Cool Beans editor and taxi driver Matt Kelly kicks off issue No. 6, "The Drinking and Driving Issue" (each edition centers around a theme), with the following combination tribute/warning: "Something about whipping along on the highway at 90 miles per hour with a slight buzz is just romantic. Don't drive drunk. It's really stupid. But you have to admit, it's kind of fun." Regardless of whether you'll be taking a ride in Kelly's cab anytime soon, there's plenty of reason to pick up his zine -- the current issue features rambling interviews with local bands Henry's Dress, Snowmen and Fuck, an ill-fated chat with testy S.F. Seal Barbara Manning, and reviews of records and live shows. Interspersed are some hair-raising stories from San Francisco cabbies, and the whole affair comes with a 7-inch compilation featuring the bands reviewed within. 57. June 25th edition of the _San Francisco Bay Guardian_ (pg 60) has named our newsgroup, alt.fan.cult-dead-cow, one of the top ten alt.fan newsgroups (we're number two -- right after alt.fan.brie -- because we don't try as hard). see: http://sfbg.com/AandE/31/39/index.html 56. 15th edition of _Iron Feather Journal_, "Hacking the Internet", by Bonnie Burton: "For those Internet hackers who want the know about the computer culture that came before the hype, there's Cult of The Dead Cow at http://www.l0pht.com/cdc.html. This online Web site has numerous essays on everything from hacking traffic lights to a retrospective look at punk music and cyberpunk creedos." 55. _EE Times_, April, 1997, "Hackers Keep the Heat On Windows NT Security". Striking from the hidden fortress of the L0pht, Mudge scores a blow against shoddy Windows NT security. Maybe the boys at Redmond shouldn't take themselves so seriously. see: http://techweb.cmp.com/eet/news/97/950news/hackers.html 54. _BIZARRE_ magazine, March/April 1997 issue, pg 87. Veggie's Mr. T site is listed, along with this quote: "Jewelry-obsessed A-Team 'actor' hangs out on the Web. Yo, Fool, Who y'talkin' to?" BIZARRE is a British magazine and we suspect that they are none too savvy about URL naming conventions (they listed the domain name wrong, for one thing), else they might have realized that Mr.T (Peace be upon him!) has nothing to do with the site, save to be an object of veneration and adoration. 53. Atlanta Journal/Constitution, February 22, 1997, "FAITH AND VALUES: Media with a message. ONLINE Cyberculture/Religions." John Blake, STAFF WRITER, tells us what happens when he types Yahoo's URL into his web browser and clicks on the Society-and-Culture/ Cyberculture/Religions section. When it comes to his encounter with the Cult of the Dead Cow, he is speechless. Now we know why he's only a STAFF writer. 52. In a February 18, 1997 Associated Press story titled, "Young Bards of Today Revive Beatnik Groups of the 1960s", about a Danville, California teen poetry reading group, five alternateens are pictured. Seen clearly in the picture is a large-size cDc sticker. 51. In a recent issue of the skate rag _Thrasher_, a reader's published letter included a drawing of a skater wearing a shirt with the Dead Milkmen logo and the words "Cult of the Dead Cow" underneath. 50. Not surprisingly, certain Cult of the Dead Cow merchandise has made its way into the boardrooms of America. A recent article by PC Week's Spencer Katt: http://www.pcweek.com/spencer/spencer.html Executives from Gateway, which earlier this year filed suit against Cyrix because of a series of "Smash Gateway" advertisements, were recently spotted toasting each other with gold mugs inscribed with the notation "Don't mess with the Cow," a cDc slogan for many, many years. 49. Listed amongst the favorite web sites of Paul Simms (Creator and Executive Producer of NBC's NEWSRADIO) in the January, 1997 issue of _Esquire_ magazine (pg 49): L0pht Heavy Industries http://www.L0pht.com A hacker's paradise 48. Speaking of _CyberSurfer_: in their January, 1997 issue's homage to the Best of Horror On-Line (pg 37), our own sultry Carrie is mentioned as being the mistress who maintains the Dark Side of the Web, which the magazine says is the ultimate in horror links and indexes. There's a quote from Carrie in which she says she's "not a Satanist, ... doesn't dress in black 100% of the time." The article's author then says, with characteristic gothic humor, "How unfortunate. Well, even if she isn't as fun as we'd hoped..." 47. On page 69 of the December, 1996 issue of _Wired_, Carolyn Meinel is pictured as an eclectic educator trying to teach kids about computing by teaching them to hack. Subliminally influenced by the cow, if you look closely you will see three cDc stickers prominently displayed on her monitor. 46. _OEM Magazine_, November, 1996, "Breaking into Electronic Commerce". cDc cracks "secure"-key encryption technology? Bellcore wines and dines Mudge to keep him quiet? Just another day at the L0pht. Read on. http://techweb.cmp.com/oem/docs/commerce.html 45. Carrie's Dark Side of the Web is mentioned in the October, 1996 issue of _Playboy_, page 24, in the "Multimedia News & Reviews" section. "At The Dark Side Of The Web you can connect to 1500 horror-related sites, including the Cannibalism page with its detailed recipies for 'the preparation of humans for consumption.'" 44. _CyberSurfer_ magazine gave the Mr. T web site (maintained by T's biggest fan. And I do mean large) quite a favorable review. _CyberSurfer_ is produced by the same people who publish _StarLog_ (uh huh huh uh), and it's almost exactly the same thing, with just a little more of a computer bent. Barely. Check out the October, 1996 issue. Page 15. 43. _LAN Times_, August 19, 1996 article on "Automated Hacking Tools" co-developed at cDc's L0pht by Hobbit and Mudge. http://www.lantimes.com/96aug/608b016a.html 42. _Rocky Mountain News_, August 18, 1996, "Air Force battles computer hackers", pg 42A. Originally from an article by Chris Williams, _San Antonio Express-News_, August 11, 1996. Excerpt: "Hundreds of thousands of times a year, the Cyberwarrior [the U.S. Air Force Information Warfare Center] defends the nation's secrets from the members of the Legion of Doom and the CULT of the DEAD COW in a battlefield that spans the globe." The Cult of the Dead Cow can neither confirm nor deny the allegations of this reporter. "'In the old days, to be a hacker, you really had to be good," he said. 'Now, it is basically a point and click world. If you can run Windows 95, you can be a hacker.'" This is patently ridiculous. Although if it were true, the Air Force has just issued a damning testimonial of their own security. Maybe they're running NT? See item #54 above. 41. Mudge is pictured in the August, 1996 issue of _Wired_ (pg 40), holding court in the L0pht: "What do a group of hackers do when the equipment they've accumulated over years of dumpster diving no longer fits in their apartments? They get a L0pht. Since 1993, a core group of seven Boston-based hackers have rented a loft space for hacking, trading information about cellular phone security, and building things like a wireless Internet service using discarded microwave equipment. All strictly for educational purposes, of course. ... why do they keep at it? 'For the girls and the text files, of course,' says Mudge." 40. Newark, NJ _The Star-Ledger_, July 14, 1996, "The CULT of the DEAD COW proves small is still beautiful on the Net", Colin Berry, music editor of Wired Magazine. Excerpt: "One such site, noted in Happy Mutant and forwarded to me recently by the builders themselves, is the controversial CULT of the DEAD COW, found on the Web ... CDC is a spew of bilious rant, cultural commentary, psychological purgation, and twisted fun. It's been around for over a decade, published by Ross Messiah, a k a Swamp Ratte ... [cDc] is 11 years old -- several generations in Web years. cDc has wrinkles that date longer than most e-zines. Is the best indication of the future of the Net a glimpse into its deep and dusty past?" Mr. Berry compares cDc's content to that of Slate -- "Microsoft's heavily hyped new electrorag" -- and finds Slate lacking. We're not surprised. 39. The University of Colorado's Campus Press article, "Surfing the Web Dungeons" is nearly on target. (http://bcn.boulder.co.us/campuspress/april111996/web41196.html) A few errata, however: The L0pht URL is wrong; there is no electronic form you can fill out to become a member; and the Global Domination Factory Direct Outlets are not part of a cDc shopping channel. We're working on that, though. 38. So omnipresent is cDc, that we are now the subject of articles on how to _avoid_ us. _Internet Medicine_, "Separating the Wheat From the Chaff Or How to Avoid the Cult of the Dead Cow." April 1996, 1.3. See: http://www.curbside.com/demo/dcslink.html 37. Newsday's April 21st article entitled "Eclectic Zines: Web journals are battling to remain nonconformist" (http://www.newsday.com/plugin/ccov0421.htm) completely misses the mark. In the past year or two, it's become fashionable to upload your schlock to a web site and call it a 'zine; four stars and a "Top 5%" award if the tone of your 'zine is cynical. Ha! We've been on-line and electronically distributing our 'zine for more than a decade! The also-rans mentioned in the article don't even come close. Battling to remain non-conformist? We define it! 36. In the June issue of _Blacklisted! 411_ (volume 3, issue 2, page 24, paragraph 5, "The Computer Underground or, Geeks With Big Dicks", by Darwin) we find a reference to the Cult's influence on the uninitiated: "...Local guys competed to get text from Ripco, Demon Roach Underground ... People hoarded cDc... text files." 35. A recent issue of _Slap_ magazine unknowingly made reference to a UseNet post from Drunkfux. Inspired by a tender cross-post from a Dr. Jai Maharaj warning that "Meat-eaters hurt everyone," Drunkfux recounts his attempt to order a "Quadro-pounder" at a McDonald's drive-thru. The message includes in part: "FUK N0 B1TCH! I WANT 4 H0T SLABZ 0F C0W DETH 0N A BUN WITH N0 FUKING HIPPIE AZZ VEGETABULZ! I ALZ0 D0NT WANT ANY FUKING LAME VEGAN FRIEZ 0R ANY TYPE 0F RECYKULD PAKAGING. N0 KUP, N0 BAG, N0 WRAPPERZ.. PUT THE SHIT 0N THE WIND0W K0UNTER THING AND I WILL TAKE IT. AND TELL JAI T0 G0 FUK A K0K0NUT T00! ... FUK IT & GIMME THAT WHICH IZ THE S0URCE 0F ALL EVIL... N0W!" _Slap_ attributes the msg only to "Cult of the Dead Cow." Evidently _Slap_ had no problem printing the word "FUKING", but when it came to the name "Drunkfux", they drew the line. The entire file has gotten wide distribution across the Internet. Several people have included it on their web sites, including: http://khm.idg.se/dead_cow.htm http://www.che.ufl.edu/~reedmd/humor/beefrulz.html 34. _Internet Underground_, March, 1996, Vol 1, Issue #4, pg 44, "KILLING THE LANGUAGE, RAZING THE STANDARDS: D constructi n & ReKuN5tRUKshn in the Electronic Age." Hackers "perverting the English language" and the socio-political implications of tYpP1nG K3wL. They cite a "typical web site" which contains the text: "U gUyZ aiNt HAck3rZ! WheRE aRe YEr cDc fILeZ?!?!1111?!?1 cuLt of dA DeAd coW rUleZ!!!!!11111!!11!1 hAy!!11!1 I wUz L00kInG aT Y0RE P@GE An|> 1 DId n0t SeE a L1nk to the cDc w#b P2G3!1!!!1 Iz thiz SuuM KINd uv KREWL J0kE!?!1/ It r0x wif gl0ckZ!! cDc! We Are THE FutuRe of ROCK N' ROLL!" Their WebGuide(tm) insert contains a quick blurb about Veggie's cDc web page at the L0pht, though after all their learned research on tYpP1nG K3wL, they mistook the zero in 'L0pht' for the letter O. Later, they include an extra period in the L0pht URL, "http://lOpht.com./" 33. Cool Beans!_ #5, March 3rd, 1996 contains an interview with our phearless leader, Grandmaster Swamp Ratte`, as well as a compilation of the first 300 cDc files on CD-ROM. For the binary-impaired, the Cool Beans! CD-ROM is also a compilation of music from the latest hip alterna-ground bands. For only $6.00 postage-paid (make checks out to Matt Kelly), you can get a copy: Cool Beans! 3181 Mission #113 SF, CA 94110 32. Canada's _Globe and Mail_, Tuesday, February 27th, 1996 issue, "A Short History of Hackers, Phreaks and Worms", is yet another example of cDc's growing influence on foreign media. With the publication of this article, Deth Vegetable is now "[the world's] most infamous hacker." See: http://www.L0pht.com/~veggie/globemail.html 31. _Phrack_, several issues. Do a WAIS search to find cDc references. Most recently, Phrack 48, File 3 (Line Noise, Pt. I), in a review of the movie "Hackers" by Wile Coytote. And Mudge's profile in Phrack 49. 30. _The Internet Underground_, January 1996 edition features a "WebGuide" insert which reviews Deth Veggie's "Mr. T home Page": http://www.l0pht.com/~veggie/MrT.html Listen here suckah, I pity the fool that visits this site. Size up Mr. T and the world's biggest tree. Visit the A-Team episode guides. Points off for no mention of his famous breakfast cereal or insipid cartoon, the fools! [Rating:] 3 Stars. 29. _.Net_ magazine, Issue #13, December 1995, pg 48. The L0pht home page is featured, along with the caption, "The top US hackers hang out here. Why can't they spell?" Why can't _.Net_'s British publishers get a clue? 28. Miranda Megill and Features Editor Taylor Davis of the Hendersonville, Tennessee _Cherokee Road Journal_ is reviewing the L0pht home page (http://www.l0pht.com/~veggie) 27. _PC Computing_, December 1995, contains an "underground Internet road map," which mentions both the L0pht, "Cult of the Dead Cow: Their concern is 'global domination through media saturation' and they're out to titillate the Internet community with social commentaries and insights." (Ha! That's what _they_ think!) and the Dark Side of the Web, "If you like vampires, mysticism, books and movies about evil things and cemeteries, you could live here. Over 350 links from the lightly shaded to the depths of darkness." 26. SunWorld On-Line, September, 1995: http://www.sun.com/sunworldonline/swol-09-1995/swol-09-def.html 25. _Infobahn_ Magazine, Issue #1 24. Minneapolis-St. Paul _Star-Tribune_, August 8, 1995 business section, "Breaking in is hard to do", by Mike Meyers. Excerpt: "One hacker known as 'DEATH VEGETABLE,' who gained notoriety a couple of years ago for posting on the Internet instructions for building a bomb, said he likes nothing better than a corporate computer relying on outdated operating software, conventional hardware and overworked, poorly trained electronics technicians. Or, to put that in the parlance of would-be intruders, 'Unix running on VAX and watched by MIS - it's a hacker's wet dream,' he said. 'You see it all the time.' In his view, companies that are sloppy deserve whatever happens to them." 23. _Shift_ Magazine's comparison between Hollywood's image of hackers and the _real thing_, Cult of the Dead Cow: http://www.e-Commerce.Com/Shift/reel/hackcomparison.html 22. _Mondo 2000_, Issue #14, "Poppy Z. Brite in the Charnel House of Karma", pg 68. Poppy briefly mentions the positive influence of certain cDc members (and their attendant Hello Kitty fixation) on her psycho-sexual chrysalis. 21. _.Net_ magazine, Issue #8, July 1995, "Breaking into Heaven". 20. Ed Norris must've done his homework. No article entitled "Protecting Against Hacker Attacks" would be complete without covering the Cult of the Dead Cow and its infamous HoHoCon conventions. See _Information Systems Security_, June, 1995. 19. _PyroTechnics_, Issue #55, June, 1995, pp 1, 2. Nightstalker's most recent article, concerning experimental rocketry in the late 1960s. 18. _I-Way_ Magazine, Issue #1, June 1995, "The Internet Can Turn Anybody Into a Publisher", by Reid Goldsborough, Page 43. See also: http://www.l0pht.com/~veggie/I-Way.html 17. _.Net_ magazine, Issue #7, June 1995, "Virtual Villainy". 16. _The Red Herring_, April, 1995. 15. _Punk Planet_, Issue #2 14. _Blaster_ magazine, Issue #1 and Issue #2. 13. Nightstalker's review of _Dixie City Jam_ was featured in _The Armchair Detective_, Fall 1994 (vol. 27, number 4) pg 483. 12. _Vibe_ magazine, Volume 2, Number 5, June/July 1994, "Of Phreaks and Hackers", by Carol Cooper, pg 77. 11. _Playboy_, April, 1994, "Lust Online" by Matthew Childs 10. _The Montreal Gazette_, December 20, 1993, front page, "Computer Data Can Be Dangerous" 9. _Hartford (CT) Courant_, September 27, 1993, front page, "Free Speech and Computers Central to Bomb-Recipe Case" 8. _Mondo 2000_, Issue #10, 1993, "Storming the Bullshit Studio", by Suzanne d'Fault and Quaker State Tapioca Rupture, pg 45. Includes: "cDc, CULT OF THE DEAD COW, is a nation of psychic signal jammers. We're talking GOOFY. Headquartered at DEMON ROACH UNDERGROUND (which is continually busy, but try and try), the cDc provides a real service to the BBS community by confusing the hell out of the feds." 7. _Boston Globe Magazine_, March 22, 1993, "Navigating On-Line America", by D.C. Deniston. 6. _LoadStar_, Issue #103, December, 1992. Nightstalker's review of _The New Hacker's Dictionary_. 5. _Omni_, November, 1992, "Secrets of the Cyberculture" by A.J.S. Rayl, pg 66. 4. _COMPUTE! Magazine_, January 1992, Gazette section, pages G-9 and G10, contain subliminal Illuminati symbols, courtesy of Nightstalker. 3. _ComputerWorld_, January 13, 1992, pg 100, mentions a US government-run BBS for computer security experts. cDc files are officially hoarded there for reference, among the trove of other hacker text-files. The government charges a yearly membership fee for access to these files; we give them away for free. Your tax dollars at work again. 2. _Details_, October, 1991, "The Hackers Who Came In From The Cold", by Bruce Sterling, pg 96, includes: "It didn't help that underground hacker boards sported terrifying sci-fi heavy-metal names, like 'Speed Demon Elite,' 'Demon Roach Underground,' and 'Black Ice.'" 1. For a three year period between 1985 and 1987, The Nightstalker provided editorials and essays for the Apple II edition of _Uptime_. II. MAGAZINE ARTICLES WRITTEN BY cDc MEMBERS 7. _Internet Underground_ magazine, Issue 10, September, 1996, pgs 42-45. Our own Paul Leonard wrote the feature article, "Architects of Destruction", summarized as: "With the cyberporn debate ceding, the next free speech battle may be over Webmasters who post bomb recipies and other anarchistic materials on the 'net. But just how big a risk are these flawed formulas and dubious files of destruction?" 6. _Night_ magazine, June 1995, "Burning Up the Information Superhighway." 5. Articles written for _2600_ by Count Zero 4. Articles written for _Phrack_, _Informatik_ 3. _Mondo 2000_, Issue #8, "Big Brother Isn't Dead, He's Just Subcontracting", pg 14. 2. _Compute!_ magazine, January 1992, Interview with Clifford Stoll. There is no mention in the interview that Cliff Stoll rides shotgun on-board Demonseed Elite. 1. _Compute!_ magazine, November, 1991, Interview with Bruce Sterling III. BOOKS MENTIONING cDc OR cDc MEMBERS 8. Osborne's _The Internet Yellow Pages, 1997 Edition_, Harley Hahn, pg 112, subsection "Computers: Culture" The Cult of the Dead Cow is the oldest underground telecommunications organization, dating back to 1986. Although the membership is small -- consisting of only about 20 active members -- their influence is felt around the world. The cult's main product is a series of articles, written at various times by various members, with new articles being added from time to time. The articles are regularly read by thousands of people, so why not expand your mind and give it a try? Do you think you might like to join the cult as a member (as opposed to being an outsider)? Here is a hint: don't ask to join. Cult members are welcomed by invitation only, and once you ask, they will never invite you. Web: http://www.l0pht.com/cdc.html Usenet: alt.fan.cult-dead-cow Irc: #cdc Despite that there are several books claiming to be "The Internet Yellow Pages", Harley Hahn's is the original and most authoritative. 7. _Netlaw_, by Lance Rose, also covers the Elansky bomb case and Deth Veggie's involvement. 6. _Sex, Laws and CyberSpace: Freedom and Censorship on the Frontiers of the Online Revolution_, by Jonathan Wallace and Mark Mangan. (ISBN: 0-8050-4767-0) Briefly covers Veggie's brush with pyrotechnic fame. 5. _Happy Mutant's Guide to the Fringes of the Net_, pg 82, mentions cDc and the #cDc IRC channel, "These d00dz are dangerous! Hundreds of incredibly witty, well-written files covering everything from simple social engineering to truly wizardlike techno spoofing. ... Get 'em. Read 'em. Trade 'em with mutant kids on local BBSes. Make your reputation as a hacker god." Pg 83 continues with the Girl Band Guide, "Grrrrrllll bands galore. The latest scoop on your fave female bands." 4. _Masters of Deception: The Gang that Ruled Cyberspace_ by Josh Quittner, and Michelle Slatella, talks about HoHoCon and mentions Red Knight (MoD, ex-cDc) 3. Osborne's _The Internet Yellow Pages (1995, 2nd Ed)_, Harley Hahn and Rick Stout, pg 61, mentions cDc and Dark Side of the Net: "Are you mad at the world? Do you have disdain for those who have any semblance of normal societal ties? Do you sit in your apartment with the blinds closed and think of new ways to cause discord? Join the Cult of the Dead Cow. Even if you don't care about any of that other stuff, they have a really cool ASCII logo." 2. _Mothers Day_, Joshua Quittner & Michelle Slatalla, 1993, St. Martin's Press, ISBN #: 0-312-08850-7 DRU is mentioned first on pg 104 and continues to page 111 in which there is some stuff direct from DRU with a world domination update with Carrie's "Earth Goo", Obscure's "Ruth", and the Mad Hatter's "Interesting Things to do with a Scanner". Then the protagonist types "CHAT" and somehow manages to talk realtime with the hacker "Phrank." Then she logs off, exhausted. 1. _Hacker Crackdown_ by Bruce Sterling, (paperback edition) pp 70, 78, 86. see: http://www.lysator.liu.se/etexts/hacker/ or more specifically, sections 3 and 5 of http://www.lysator.liu.se/etexts/hacker/digital1.html IV. BOOKS WRITTEN BY OR COLLABORATED WITH THE HELP OF cDc MEMBERS 6. _Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security_, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0-13-243718-X. This book contains several tools on CD-ROM written by cDc Hackerlaureate Mudge. 5. White Wolf Games' _The Book of Shadows Sourcebook_ 4. White Wolf Games' _The Digital Web Sourcebook_ 3. White Wolf Games' _The Vitual Adept's Sourcebook -- Tradition Book One for Mage: The Ascension_, by Darren McKeeman & Harry Heckel, ISBN 1-56504-114-3, pp 2, 65-66. Expurgated excerpts can be found at: (http://www.speakeasy.org/~order/library/pranksters.html) 2. St. Jude's _Cyberpunk Fake Book_ 1. The Mondo 2000 _A User's Guide to the New Edge_, (see pg 317 under "Zones of Temporary Autonomy" -- entries for DRU and Pure Nihilism (now Cool Beans)). V. LIGHTS, CAMERA, HACKTION: cDc ON TV * 17. Weaselboy ham'd it up for the November 1 edition of "Strange Universe". During his interview, look for: 1. cDc stickers all over his printer, obscuring the HP product logos. 2. His cow skull, strategically placed above his computer and within camera frame. 3. Various plugs for the cDc. 16. Veggie has also recently been interviewed for episodes of The Internet Cafe's "Weird of the Web" (due to air April 25th) and CNET's "The Web", which aired on the SCI-FI channel April 13th, 1997. cDc's Tweety Fish (Grand High Sifu, Ninja Strike Force) was featured on the same "Weird of the Web" episode, talking about his GO-FORCE project! 15. cDc's "Hacker Playground" The L0pht was shown on the New England Cable News Network on March 14, 1997 on a segment titled "Hacker Heroes". You can check out pictures from the segment at: http://www.l0pht.com/~spacerog/graphics/NECN/L0phTV.html 14. Deth Veggie was interviewed for CBC Newsworld's technology review "Futureworld" on October 27, 1996 by an editor from _Shift_ magazine. The angle was 'Hacking for Dummies' and the large one endured every "please teach me hacking" question in the book. The interviewer continually prodded Veggie to hack CBC's website (ho hum). Veggie also discussed cDc's role as technical advisor for Chinese hacker/activists the Hong Kong Blondes - operational in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing - who are busy disabling military/security networks in mainland China. Payback's a bitch! 13. Carrie was featured on PCTV's Halloween Internet Cafe episode (air-date October 22, 1996) talking about the "Dark Side of the Net". http://www.pctv.com/PCTV/shows/TIC/96-97/104/104.html 12. Featured on PCTV's Internet Cafe, air-date October 2, 1996, members of the Cult of the Dead Cow talk briefly about the cyberscape they have dominated for more than a decade. See: http://www.pctv.com/PCTV/shows/TIC/96-97/101/101.html 11. When CNET wants to do a feature show on Internet Terrorism and the First Ammendment, they contact cDc. Naturally. See the write-up for their August 11, 1996 episode: http://www.cnet.com/Content/Tv/CNETCentral/Links/terror.html * 10. Emmanuel Goldstein, cDc, and the Discovery Channel's March 2, 1996 episode of "Web Whirl." http://eagle.online.discovery.com/DCO/doc/1012/world/whirl/ whirl3-2-96/transcript.html 9. Sighted on a recent episode of MTV's SPRING BREAK: a guy jumps out of his chair and runs away; stuck to the chair is a cDc sticker. 8. Lady Carolin's "Dark Side of the Web" was featured Oct 28, '95 on CNN's "Computer Chronicles" in a piece about Halloween-themed web sites. The newscaster said that parents would definitely want to look at the site before informing their kids of its existence. (Like they're not going to find it if they're into that kind of stuff... duh.) Point Surfwatch at: (http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9510/halloween/) 7. Deth Veggie on TV recently on a show called "Forbidden Places" (aired around October 6th, 1995) with an interview that was taped at DefCon III. 6. Deth Veggie mentioned on CNN regarding Elansky bomb-recipe case. 5. "CyberMania" on TBS, November 6th, 1994 4. Geraldo episode titled "Computer Vice". Geraldo said: "Cult of the Dead Cow?!... These guys are a bunch of Sickos!" (while pointing to a copy of _Sex With Satan_, cDc #40) 3. L0pht.com on C|NET CENTRAL (Sci-Fi Channel) in early October, 1995 2. Deth Veggie on _NBC Dateline_, Sept 1, 1994, "Dial for Mayhem", see: http://www.l0pht.com/~veggie/dateline.html 1. White Knight on _West 57th Street_, episode #1 VI. cDc ON RADIO 2. Deth Veggie on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) regarding HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in August, 1995 in New York. 1. KPFA Radio, Berkeley, California, September, 1992, "Kids and Technology" or, loosely paraphrased, "Should kids have access to technology or will it turn them into evil hackers?" cDc guest speaker interviewed. Broadcast picked up and re-broadcast by National Public Radio. VII. cDc ON VIDEO 4. _UNAUTHORIZED Unauthorized Access_ will be done soon, and will feature cDc members, and have KnightVision & cDcTV production credits, courtesy of Annaliza Torquemada and White Knight. 3. _Hackers_ -- cDc stickers can be seen in the movie. 2. _Unauthorized Access_ by Annaliza Torquemada. (http://bianca.com/bump/ua) 1. _HoHoCon '92_ through _HoHoCon '94_ VIII. MISCELLANEOUS * 33. Since our Easter Egg in the Adams Family Pinball machine is no longer a closely guarded secret, we'll share it with you. To see the cows: Power cycle the game and use the left and right flipper buttons to enter the following sequence: (Using the notation L=left flipper, R=right flipper, and S=start button) 7L, 1S, 14R, 1S, 20L, 1S 32. According to Gloria Mitchell, Assistant Editor at that gorgeous, glossy, internationally distributed Ziff-Davis print publication, _Internet Underground_, the cDc web-site rated a 3 stars in issue #16's WebGuide section. 31. cDc's web-site makes NETGUIDE'S BEST OF THE WEB: "The Cult of the Dead Cow is a cadre of hackers and subversive types who preen themselves on being 'definitely cooler than the Legion of Doom.' ... Cult of the Dead Cow deserves a nod of assent for its passionate (albeit sometimes hysterical) support for unfettered freedom of expression on the Internet." 30. LookSmart, the "next generation of web directories committed to quality and superior user web experience," is delighted to award Veggie The Editor's Choice Award for his Mr. T website (www.l0pht.com/~veggie/mrt.html). According to LookSmart -- a subsidiary of The Reader's Digest (which claims editorial standards have been a hallmark for over 75 years) -- this award conveys the highest standard for providing a useful and high quality website. We couldn't agree more. 29. Yale has the Skull & Bones Club. The Citadel has cDc. As reported in an August, 1996 New York Times article and summarized by News of the Weird: "the student handbook at The Citadel requires first-year cadets to memorize standard, quirky responses to traditional questions posed during shakedowns by upper-classmen. For instance, the answer to the question, how much milk is left in the carton (which is expressed by the upper-classman as "How is the cow?") must be answered, 'Sir, she walks, she talks, she's full of chalk, the lacteal fluid extracted from the female of the bovine species is highly prolific to the X degree, sir! (with X representing the number of glassfuls left).'" Need we say more? 28. A Lycos review of cDc: http://a2z.lycos.com/Social_and_Community_Affairs/ Advocacy_and_Activism/Other/index-random.html Follow the digital hoof prints to this green pasture in TechnoWasteland and you have found the Cow. The Cow is made up of articles on today's culture, expressing righteous anger and maybe more, on the loss of freedom of speech and global domination through media saturation and control. Links to publication information. 27. cDc evidently has some fans in Italy. You may recognize their Italian blurb as a translation of the introduction to this media list. http://www.agora.stm.it/R.Dequal/altsites.htm 26. First the US National Archives and Records Administration spends nearly an entire day in February, '96 grabbing as many cDc files as possible. And now Walter Reed Army Medical Center links to cDc's web-site (http://22.214.171.124/links/marks1.htm) in what may be a covert interest in cattle mutilation. If we know any more, we're not saying. 25. Check out this personal anecdote, "The Strangest Thing I've Found on the Web". http://lurch.winthrop.edu/~harrist/.bio/deadcow.html 24. http://www.glassdog.com/spew/udderspew.html Our own Oxblood Ruffin reflects on punks and computers and, uh... quite a bit else, in web god Lance_yes, I am happy to see you_Arthur's kickass "Glassdog". 23. http://www.shmooze.net/pwcasual/zines/exclaim/9609/cyber.htm Mark Jeftovic, who pens a monthly column for _!*@# (Exclaim)_ magazine, featured cDc in "Between Rawk & a Cyberplace #54". In the article, he mentions the Memphis prosecutors that are currently seeking us on trumped-up obscenity charges, claiming that we are "responsible for over 300 obscene files on the Internet, containing graphic descriptions of abhorrent behavior and obscene photographs." 22. In late April, 1996, cDc family values staffers were horrified to learn that, two months after the fact, our "graphic language" was deemed "innappropriate" for the Commonwealth Network seal of approval. After a period of fasting and flagellation we determined that there was nothing we could do about it. Fucking A. 21. http://www.nirvanet.fr/bienvenue/cybergate-fr/combat_zone-fr/guerillos-fr/gueri_tekst04-fr.html C'est beau comme un petit paradis du hack... et plein d'archives precieuses. Entre autres, LOpht heberge la jihad digitale du mirifique Cult of the dead cow. "It's cool, like a little hacker's heaven...and full of great archives..." We're not sure who these people are, but evidently this is like getting a thumbs up from the film guy. 20. The Sci-Fi Channel has listed cDc file #253 on its Paranormal page, right next to CSICOP, at: http://www.scifi.com/orbit/paranormal.html 19. This Spanish-language web-site contains an interview (http://spin.com.mx/~hugalde/v511.html) with an Argentinian "cracker" who talks about various groups and philosophies that have shaped the global computer underground. He mentions cDc, then claims that "The Cult of the Dead Cat, Inc." is also us by a different name. Ay, Carrumba! It's not. Accept no substitute. 18. If ever you find yourself in Lubbock, Texas, stop on by the MOTOR club. Owned by cDc founding fathers Swamp Ratte` and Franken Gibe, MOTOR is the area's only outlet for live underground music. Touring bands can contact Swamp Ratte` by e-mail for booking. MOTOR 1635 Broadway Lubbock, TX 79401 17. Daniel B in Sweden has incorporated cDc #275 into his web-site on Christian cults: http://www.algonet.se/~daba/lds 16. Recognizing the ironic opportunity to subliminally corrupt tens of millions of people through their computer software, cDc subversives have hidden special purpose code within the most popular multi-platform applications. As proof, those applications also contain our signature Easter eggs. Open the About box within Macromedia's Director 5.0. Type "cDc" and then click on any of the silhouettes on the lefthand side. The word ".ooM" will appear. The French have recently uncovered the cDc/Wizardry connection. (http://lynx.ann.jussieu.fr/~juvigny/apple.html) We leave the others for you to find. 15. The Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters and Academic Discussion Lists recommends cDc: http://www.hti.umich.edu/class/ils606/docs/bmmr/v94/94-6-5 When you hear numbers like 12,000 total internet e-lists bandied about, the 1700 or so here are a valuable culling of that mass. At the same time, this is no blue-nosed selection: PSYCOLOQUY and MIT Press's *Artificial Life Journal* are there, but so is *Cult of the Dead Cow* -- not quite respectable, but in an odd way quite serious and worth at least a small detour if you happen to pass it on a gopher menu. 14. Magellan has reviewed the L0pht cDc web site and Mr. T home page. The cDc web site received 3 stars and this rather dull, third-grade attempt at a review: Keywords Alternative Press, Rantings, Zines Audience Zine Readers, Free Thinkers Description The publishers of the Cult of the Dead Cow describe cDc as (paraphrased) the personal rantings of flamboyant and opinionated people in Telecom. The Ninja Strike Force is about stealthy, secretive agents that exist only to fight and die for the glory of the Dead Cow. An article called 'New Hack City' is about the results of 200 hackers who group together one New Years Eve. You can also browse through some online cDc archived articles. 13. No expose on the Information Age would be complete without featuring cDc and the L0pht. Naturally, we're a part of the MIT Media Lab's "24 Hours in Cyberspace": http://www.cyber24.com/htm/6_204.html. See also page 99 in the hardcover, book version of _24 Hours in Cyberspace_. 12. The Association of Research Libraries also had THIS to say about cDc: (http://www01.ix.de/ix/raven/Web/9503/Lists/arl/edir94.jz.html) Cult of the Dead Cow A collection of telecommunicators who write text files. The files are numbered sequentially, but since they are often written by different people, they vary in style and content from issue to issue. Topics and form vary wildly, covering religion, defecation, cows, simulated and real capture files from BBSs, politics, hack/phreak articles, poetry, short stories, interviews, and mindless raving. The common themes running through all issues are dead cows and a focus on experimental mind control propaganda techniques. The group is laying the footings for a global empire based on a desire to control and command those who would oppose them. 11. Another fan (http://www.fogstudios.com/~diogenes/life.html) had this to say: I know these guys, they've been around a long time. Fedland doesn't like them, the media tries to either use or glorify them, and some religious folk would like to strap 'em to a stake and have a cookout. Some people call them digital outlaws, some people call them satanists. The really misguided ones refer to them as 'malicious hackers'. The Elite of the Elite, The Cult of the Dead Cow. They know what's up. 10. Net celebrity Jaffo has a few comments about cDc on his web-page (http://rampages.onramp.net/~jaffo/orgs.htm): Cult of the Dead Cow Home Page - The brilliant and controversial bad boys of telecom, Lubbock's own Cult of the Dead Cow. (Check for Jaffo's Feedback letter in cDc #300.) This group of cyberpunk misfits has created over 300 text files, distributed internationally, and setting new standards of humor and obscenity. The language and situations in these files are extremely harsh and not for the faint of heart. But if you're willing to read them, you'll find yourself looking straight into the eyes of Genius. And it's not always a pretty sight. 9. Any plan to subvert the masses wouldn't be complete without the influence of rock 'n roll. "Cracker Gasoline Party", the latest work from Swamp Ratte's band WEASEL-MX, is reviewed in the March 25th issue of the DiY List. (http://www.math.duke.edu/~priley/diy/diy12): Weasel-MX Cracker Gasoline Party [***] Very cool collection of hip-hop cut with guitar riffs and punctuated with in-your-face vocals and diverse approaches (try to imagine the Sex Pistols and ZZ Top together at last with a kitchen sink conglomeration of polka, disco, hee haw and more). Definitely not a one-song band! While the mix is mostly good throughout, the tape sounds muddy (so turn it up). 8. A Fact-Sheet Five bibliography (http://thetransom.com/chip/zines/resource/biblio.html) mentions the bovikazi: "'Write On: A Computer is All it Takes to Publish in Cyberspace,' _Phoenix Gazette_, August 15, 1994. How to start your own electronic zine. Mentions Holy Temple of Mass Consumption, Cropduster, Cult of the Dead Cow, ... Girl Band Guide ..." 7. The ARG Network Security Course has an entire section on the Cult of the Dead Cow. For $1,295, ARG will give you the inside scoop on us. Their course outline includes: Famous (or infamous) security breaches The Internet Worm: Robert Morris. Using E-mail to affect system availability The Cuckoo's Egg (Cliff Stoll 1989) Unlawful information access The felonious "Phone Phreak": Kevin Mitnick Social engineering and address spoofing Cult of the Dead Cow Phreakers/Hackers/Anarchists newsletter See also: (http://www.arg.com/arg/courses/net-sec/) 6. Not surprisingly, Deth Vegetable has been voted "Most Entertaining Speaker" at the DefCon III hackers' convention -- and by none other than the PHONE LOSERS OF AMERICA -- for his extemporaneous talk on why "The Media Sucks." (http://www.basenet.net/~apok0lyp/pla035.txt) 5. GNN Celebrity Hotlist, Week of August 22, 1995. Carrie Carolin, Editor of Dark Side of the Web (http://www.cascade.net/darkweb.html). (http://www.gnn.com/gnn/wic/carolin.toc.html) 4. Lady Carolin's DARK SIDE OF THE WEB page mentioned in October or November, 1995 editions of: c|net, Net Guide, .Net, Net, Online Access, Interactive Weekly, Internet World, and the November 3rd issue of Entertainment Weekly. 3. Tequila Willy is cited on the Celebrities in Cognitive Science page (http://www.cudenver.edu/~mryder/itc_data/cogsci.html) In support of his thesis, the renowned John R. Searle refers to Tequila Willy's advanced philosophical ruminations in cDc #289. 2. Lady Carolin's WWW page is listed in the Top 5% by Point Communications (http://www.cascade.net/darkweb.html) 1. Reid Fleming's WWW page is listed in the Top 5% by Point Communications (http://www.crl.com/~rfleming) IX. PEOPLE WHO WISH THEY WERE AS COOL AS cDc For their redemption, the Hiroshima Maidens folded paper cranes. For yours, we suggest you call, FAX or E-mail the following people with your bitchiest prose. Do it early and often. Enlist your friends to improve your karmic disposition! 1. Style and concept biters need to get off our nutsack. That includes those who employ "x cow cult", "cult of the dead x", and 3-letter acronyms in a "xXx" format. You suck more goats than a chupacabra. 2. "Hacker Chronicles, Vol II" CD-ROM. If you disapprove of yet another group of poseurs misappropriating intellectual property which belongs free in the public domain, contact these dorks at: Exclusive Distributor, Data Express, Inc. Telephone: (305) 572-4848, FAX: (305) 572-3454 or contact Scanman at P-80 Systems, (304) 744-7322 3. Mich Kabay, Ph.D., Director of Education at NCSA. He can be reached for comment at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Big wet kisses, Mich! Thanks for the mail. Keep writing!) X. cDc COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY CONFERENCES (CONSEC) 5. The Cult of the Dead Cow's first annual Won Ton Con was held in Toronto, Canada on the 26th and 27th of October, 1996. Telecom's uber-elite swarmed to the city like a plague of locusts to swap war stories, trade hacks and be debriefed on the Hong Kong Blondes . Cult of the Dead Cow Minister of Propaganda - The Deth Vegetable - was interviewed at Shift Magazine for a CBC episode of 'Futureworld' entitled "Dangers to Personal Privacy".  The Hong Kong Blondes are a group of Chinese computer scientists and human rights activists using the Internet against the Communist Government. The group is led by Blondie Wong, a British educated scientist currently residing in Toronto. The Hong Kong Blondes have units in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Under the aegis of the Cult of the Dead Cow they disrupt official information systems in the People's Republic of China. 4. _Electronic Engineering Times_, August 26, 1996, pg. 62. Defcon '96, and the many talented hackers there, including, of course, cDc, which celebrated its twelfth anniversary at the convention. The facts reported in the article are little skew, however. http://jya.com/defcon.txt 3. _Synapse_ magazine reflects on SUMMERCON '95, co-sponsored by cDc. http://www.tricon.net/Comm/synapse/k.html 2. _Shift_ Magazine, April-May 1995, "New Hack City -- What happens when 200 of the world's most notorious computer hackers get together on New Year's Eve?", by Rodney Palmer, pg 26. See also: http://www.l0pht.com/~veggie/NewHackCity.html http://www.e-Commerce.Com/Shift/shift3-3/hackers.html 1. _Gray Areas_: Issue #5 and Issue #7; HoHoCons '93 and '94 are reviewed. See also: http://w3.gti.net/grayarea/hackcon.htm http://www.gti.net/grayarea/hoho5.htm http://www.gti.net/grayarea/hohorev.htm XI. THE cDc PUBLISHING EMPIRE 1. G.A. Ellsworth publishes _COOL BEANS!_ 2. Pusher has a 'zine named _Teach Me Pain_ 3. Reid Fleming publishes the _The Royal Arch Mason_ quarterly (ISSN 0273-6276). 4. Carrie has _Girl Band Guide_ 5. Franken Gibe has _DREAMWHIP_ XII. cDc DISTRIBUTION The knowledge you yearn for can be found at the following sites: 1. http://www.cultdeadcow.com/cDc_files/ ftp://ftp.cultdeadcow.com/cDc/ 2. http://www.l0pht.com/cdc.html 3. Demon Roach Underground, 806.794.4362 (Login to Polka AE, entry: KILL) 4. Send mail to our phearless leader, Grandmaster Swamp Ratte: mailto: email@example.com XIII. WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT cDc 1. "Cult of the Dead Cow?!.... These guys are a bunch of Sickos!" -- Geraldo Rivera, in an episode entitled "Computer Vice", while pointing to a copy of _Sex With Satan_, cDc #40 2. "cDc? I'd have to vote them 'Most Likely to Pillage the Global Village'." -- Bruce Sterling 3. "I am like Ward Cleaver compared to cDc... 'June, those cDc boys are outrageous, we shouldn't let the Beave play with them!@'" -- SuperNigger of MoD 4. "cDc. Punks with computers. You've been warned." -- R.U. Serius, Publisher of _Mondo 2000_ 5. "The cDc is one of those groups, for true or not, whom one feels has 'underworld connections.' If you want hash, a bail bondsman, a nude model, a hit man, a smuggler, a Chinese hunchback dwarf, a system of ripping off AT&T, a hot car, a kangaroo with a broken tail, a cure for rinderpest, a fast loan, a mail drop for Justice Scalia, a long-out-of-print bit of pornography, or a Corvette from the mothball fleet... cDc is the group one contacts." -- Harlan Ellison 6. "...it's pointless to compare LoD to the cDc... it's like comparing Albert Einstein to Charles Manson... Both were geniuses in their respective genre." -- Erik Bloodaxe of LoD 7. "Next to the shriveled corpse of William S. Burroughs, cDc's prose is the stuff of my sexual fantasies. Their collective intelligence is potent and erotic." -- Poppy Z. Brite 8. "Until I found the CULT OF THE DEAD COW, I was a high school nobody! I couldn't get laid if my life depended on it! Now, I'm humpin' all of my teachers!" -- Weaselboy, Net-celebrity 9. "I can attest to the fact that cDc is the sexiest group of computer hackers there ever was. You may think this silly, but it's the God's honest truth." -- Jane Pratt, Editor-In-Chief, _Sassy Magazine_ 10. "LOVE YOU SEXTY [sic] HACKERS" -- Traci Lords 11. "The cDc is the biggest can of Whoop-ass that I have ever seen!" -- Evel Knievel 12. "That's EvEl, not EvIl Knievel" -- Rebecca Knievel (Thanks Rebecca. We corrected that above.) 13. "Those cDc fuckers ran up my hotel phone bill while I was on tour!" -- Rod Stewart 14. "I wish those CDC guys would spend less time writing textfiles, and more time in the lab curing diseases!" -- Emmanuel Goldstein, Editor, _2600_ magazine. 15. "If it's illegal, immoral or revolting, cDc has a file about it -- and possibly three of them." -- Michael Hoy, Loompanics Unlimited 16. "I am really, truly, deeply sorry I offended you. Honest. I did not know how all-pervading and powerful you really were. Now can I have my credit rating, e-mail and bank account back, please?" -- Neil Gaiman 17. "I didn't like it when they tried to steal my Mallomars." -- Harvey Keitel. What's a Mallomar? A strange, nigh-inedible marshmallow candy bar.
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