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LinuxWorld: What's the hat got to do with it? - Setting the record straight on Chris Klaus and ISS

Jul 06, 2000, 05:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"All wrong" may even include trying to use white hats and black hats to categorize individuals in the phreaking/cracking community as either "good" or "evil." More than one reader wrote that if you are a part of the computer underworld, you are part of it, period. I can see where they are coming from. Illegal electronic breaking and entering or theft of services puts you in that world -- whether you do it for kicks, for money, or for malicious intent is a side issue."

"This week, I am going to retrace the steps I took in researching the ISS piece and, wherever I can, show how I got it wrong. I'm not attempting to dodge responsibility for being wrong; I'm just trying to set the record straight now that I have more information...."

"Originally, I read these attempts by Klaus to disassociate himself from the cracking/phreaking community as evidence of the purity of his soul. By now, I was so convinced that my original take on Klaus had been wrong, I wrote that he "appears to have always been on the side of the angels...didn't hang out on an 'elite' BBS...didn't sit on IRC and try to build a rep on #hack...."

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