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Event Report: The Next Hope 2010, July 16th - 18th

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Having never attended a hacker con before I wasn't completely sure what Hope was going to be like, I'd attended 'professional' tech conferences before though and my initial impressions were similar but as the conference got into full swing (by Friday night really) you could start to see the big differences. Mainly it's that everyone at Hope is there because they love technology and they love sharing what they know, there were people of all ages - parents bringing kids (which is awesome), security professionals, interested locals and even the odd law enforcement type standing out like a sore thumb!

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Vintage Computing by Bill Degnan and Evan Koblentz - the talk brought us from ENIAC, through the first mobile computer (built in the back of a truck) and up to the home 'micro' era from kit-computing to ready made systems. The enthusiasm of the presenters was infectious and if you're into your history it's well worth downloading the talk.

Cats and Mice: The Phone Company, the FBI, and the Phone Phreaks by Phil Lapsley - a great history of phreaking from the 50s to the 80s with some very early recordings and accounts of the major lessons learned by phreakers over the years.

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Despite the awesome quality of the talks the coolest part of the con was the mezzanine, there were people teaching basic electronics and playing with a 3D printer in the Hackerspace Village, a whole load of vendor tables (I picked up an Arduino starter kit), an area where you could ride on a Segway (it's easier than you might think) and the infamous Club Mate stand selling the bizarre but oddly compelling German energy drink. Also on the mezzanine was the Lockpicking Village where I learned a few basic picking techniques and the Mid-Atlantic Retro stand where I spent nearly an hour talking to Frank O'Brien about the Apollo guidance computer, the CPU of which he had on display - the idea that man landed on the moon using 36K of ROM and 2K of RAM just seems crazy to me.

Other small highlights included Marco Figueroa finishing his talk by challenging Dual Core to a rap battle with rhymes about C and Assembly, Robert Steele's 8-hr talk that started at midnight (I only made a couple of hours), a screening of by Jason Scott's GET LAMP documentary about text adventure games and social engineer Mudsplatter getting a whole room full of hackers to Rickroll themselves by singing Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up. The closing ceremony was fittingly crazy with Johannes of monochrom standing on the tables at the front of the stage singing The Last Unicorn as part of 'Wikileaks: The Ballet' and then within just 3-4 hours the entire con was torn down by a crew of volunteers and I left with sleep deprivation, a few souvenirs and some great memories.

Event site: http://thenexthope.org/

Posted on behalf of Ash.

eth-0 2010 event report

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After a drive through some very nice looking Dutch countryside, we come across the first signs of something unusual. There's a pair of lights and what looks like stone walling sat by a little entrance way. A small signed marked "Eth-0" gives away that we're at the correct place. The lack of crowds indicates it's a more intimate affair than CCC or HAR. There's a small drop-off car park next to the single camping field. We park up, show our tickets and then unload in the direction of the camp site. There's a large marquee, a couple of network points and most tents are already pitched. We find a pitch fairly easily at the other end of the field and quickly pitch the tent. We're right next to the power point so I quickly dispense with the twin+earth and just run a small extension lead into the tent. Moments later I run a Cat 5 out the dist switch and we have power and ethernet to the tent. Unlike HAR there's no dark fibre run back to AMS-IX but a wifi antenna just outside the camp gives a respectable 108MB link to the 100M backhaul. With the tent up the heavens open and it proceeds to piss it down for the rest of the day and most of the night. A quick retreat is made back to the lounge where we can have a toastie and get on the web while looking at large crows hovering overhead. There's a single talk venue with some talks in Dutch and others in English. Most of the week is spent either in the lounge or in the talks. It's certainly a much simpler affair to CCC or HAR, fewer people, fewer talks, fewer gadgets, light shows, etc. More of a week relaxing in the Dutch countryside than anything else but still a good week is to be had. They tell me last year there were only about 80 people there, so it's certainly grown some. I can see Eth-0 growing to take up the gap between CCC and HAR, et al. The closing ceremony also reflects the smaller scale. A simple "thanks and see you again" was pretty much all before we grabbed laptops and hit the road. The beauty of the location is that it's only about 100 miles of detour to swing by the location of HAR at Vierhouten and have dinner at the outstanding Novice restaurant!

Posted on behalf of BOfH

Event website: http://eth-0.nl/

About this blog

London 2600 meetings are similar to those held by 2600 groups around the world, and the other 2600 groups in the United Kingdom.

N.B. the quarterly 2600 magazine is now rarely available in London shops.

Everybody who is interested in computer and telecomms security and the impact of technology on society is welcome, from both sides of the fence, no matter what your age or level of skill and experience - nobody knows it all, no matter what they claim.

You could learn more at these free meetings than from months of study or investigation on your own, but this depends on what you are willing to share and contribute in return. We are mostly British and therefore somewhat shy in public, but it is easy to strike up a conversation with most of us.

London 2600 meet on the first Friday of each month, 6.30pm to 7.30pm initially, at the frront entrance of the Trocadero shopping centre, then on elsewhere.

The kinds of people who have attended over the last 25 years or so include:

"computer hackers, phone phreakers, cyberpunks, performance artists, systems administrators, cybergoths, military intelligence officers, mobi chippers, skip trashers, hacktivists, network gurus, anti-virus programmers, penetration testers, multimedia artists, internet entrepreneurs, newbies, cybercriminals, warez d00dz, old skool, movie script writers, 31337, civil liberties activists, lawyers, radio hams, students, cool hunters, wannabes, djs, corporate security professionals, academic researchers, privacy campaigners, journalists"

Usually up to 20 to 50 people attend each meeting, most of whom then participate in the rest of the evening/weekend activities.

Email Contacts

email: meetings@london2600[dot]org[dot]uk

For the paranoid crypto-ninjas amongst you (like us !) here is our PGP public encryption key

For OpenPGP 256bit AES encrypted messages via 128bit SSL/TLS session, web based email, outside the direct jurisdiction of the UK Government, get a free Hushmail account and contact us on london2600@hushmail[dot]com

(Obiously many of you will use Google Gmail, which is well secured nowadays, but not very anonymous, especially if you are logged in to your Google accounts or Android Apps)

London 2600 Email List

There is a revived London 2600 email discussion list - be polite please.

This is a public email list, so you should obviously take any appropriate communications data anonymity and other privacy precautions.

@London_2600 Twitter feed

Follow the Twitter feed: @London_2600 for last minute meeting venue change announcements etc.

Google Calendar

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If you have taken the usual security and privacy precautions e.g. private browsing mode, strict cookie and history deletion policies etc. in your web browser, you may feel that you can trust Google Calendar to remind you about the next London 2600 meeting, and other events of interest.

Geekery.in Calendar

Geekery.in is a calendar of UK meetings and events, including 2600 meetings, Linux User Groups, HackSpaces etc.

(The) Hacker(s) Voice Radio / Magazine / TV

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Hacker Voice Radio

"HVR is an online radio show set up as an vocal forum for all the UK hackers and phreaks to come together, work together and a place to share information."

(The) Hacker(s) Voice people have expanded into producing a (.pdf) and printed Magazine, called The Hacker Voice Digest, and have plans for Video as well as their internet radio streams and podcasts etc.

Campaign Buttons

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
Free Gary McKinnon, who lives in London, is accused of hacking in to over 90 US military computer systems, and is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

Watching Them, Watching Us, UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database. 0800 789 321 free, confidential, Anti-Terrorist Hotline (use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats)
Anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789 321 free and confidential - use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats.

Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond

Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
Data Retention is No Solution Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

Open Rights Group
Open Rights Group

Tor - the onion routing network
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

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Amnesty International 's irrepressible.info campaign

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BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

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NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

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Wikileaks.org - the controversial "uncensorable, anonymous whistleblowing" website based currently in Sweden.

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Electro Magnetic Field

As yet unconfirmed plans for a Dutch / German style hacker camp / Temporary Autonomous Zone next August Bank Holiday i.e. 27th August 2012

"EMF camp" ("Electro Magnetic Field" ?) is promised to have an internet domain name and discussion list etc. by next month.

Anybody interested in helping to organise this can contact emf@london2600.org.uk for now.

London 2600 People's Blog Links

Here are some of the blogs by London 2600 people:

Spy Blog - Privacy and Civil Liberties commentary and campaigns

Rat's Blog - The Reverend Rat comments on London street life and technology

Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher. Author of "Hackers' Tales", which drew partly on interviews with London 2600 attendees.

gizmonaut.net blog - David Mery

Silver AJ - fashion model and gender hacker.

Veghead's Bologs

Other Links

2600uk.com - "Hacking and Phreaking in the UK. Old school ethics, New school tech."

Need To Know (historical)

El Reg - The Register

Other 2600 meeting links

Other 2600 meetings in the UK and elsewhere

Egypt 2600 - just like London 2600, but in Egypt

2600 Tor Server Project

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Obviously if you incorporate the campaign button code above onto your website, without alteration, then we will have access to some of your Communications Traffic Data, and so will anyone who is snooping on us.

Campaign Links

Free Gary McKinnon - or at least try him in the UK, rather than extraditing him to the USA. Gary is accused of hacking in to over 90 US Military computer systems, including some in the Pentagon, National Security Agency, Army, Navy and Air Force, NASA, etc. for over 2 years. He is facing extradition to the USA, under the notorious Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence, rather than being tried in the UK. He could face a Guantanamo Bay style Military Tribunal and over 60 years in prison ! This case has dragged on now for over 9 years !

Free Babar Ahmad - another British (Muslim) IT worker from London, also facing extradition to the USA, also at risk of a Military Tribunal, facing terrorism charges not for running websites etc., relating to activities in Afghanistan and Chechnya, which were not illegal in the UK.

Not Getting Arrested in London

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Now that the UK Government has enacted the draconian email and phone snooping RIP Act, widened the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006 to suppress politically motivated computer hackers, and promoted mass technological surveillance of millions of innocent citizens, you have to *trust* the current Home Secretary John "not fit for purpose" Reid that your email is not being routinely monitored, and your mobile phone traffic data and location records are not being fed into some cruel automatic traffic pattern analysis program so as to add points to your electronic secret police dossier, through guilt by association.

Spy Blog's Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers mini-blog gives advice which is also relevant to London 2600 attendees, from both sides of the law, and the media.

Several people on their way to London 2600 meetings have fallen foul of the anti-terrorism hysteria which swept London after the terrorist bomb attacks of July 2005. You cannot really blame the general public and Police for being suspicious, if you bring along a mysterious looking bit of electronic equipment in your rucksack, with lots of wires, batteries and gaffer tape, no matter how innocent it really is.

However, none of us should tolerate Police behaviour and policies like those which resulted the arrest of David Mery, one of our respected long standing attendees. He was stopped, searched and arrested on a Tube station, and his flat was searched and computers and other equipment seized, for no good reason at all. He was lucky that he was not shot and killed by the Police. See Innocent in London" and "Techie and terrorist behavioural profiles are the same"

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If you are arrested, then get some legal advice from a firm of solicitors before you say or admit to anyhing whatsoever to the Police e.g. top rated human rights specialists Bindmans & Partners - 020 7833 4433 or Kaim Todner (who represent London hacker Gary McKinnon) - 020 7353 6660 (24 hour Police Station callout)

London CyberPunk Tourist Guide

This London CyberPunk tourist guide should be of interest to London 2600 people, from home and abroad.