2600 - 2600: The Hacker Quarterly
OUR FOURTH HOPE CONFERENCE IS NOW COMPLETELY DIGITIZED (TWO TO GO)Jun 17, 2019
It's not like we were sitting on this for the past 17 years. Technology was different back in 2002 and people wanted videotapes and DVDs of this historic conference. And since then, we've been terribly busy on all of our projects. But getting our entire series of conferences into digital form has always been on one of our back burners. And now we can add 2002's H2K2 conference to the finished pile.
For the first time, you can download MP4s of individual talks or get a flash drive with every recorded talk from this historic conference. It's all at the highest quality (for the time), without copy restrictions of any sort and no YouTube censorship.
The original H2K2 website
We intend to continue this project over the summer with the remaining two non-digitized conferences. You can explore all of what's available here and on YouTube (with their restrictions and limitations).
VOLUME 23 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDJun 15, 2019
Volume 23 of The Hacker Digest is now out. If you're a lifetime digital subscriber, you will have already received this edition. Volume 23 is comprised of issues from 2006. We had a man from space theme on that year's covers centering on HOPE Number Six and other hacker milestones. As privacy became more endangered by the day, we were there to expose both the bad laws and the massive security holes that prevailed - some to this day.
You can click here to buy Volume 23 or become a lifetime digital subscriber here. If you do the latter, you will receive digital copies of everything we have published to date, plus everything that we publish in the future. We have now digitized 33 out of our 35 years.
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2600 TOTE BAGS ARE NOW AVAILABLEJun 6, 2019
In response to many suggestions from our readers, we've introduced the first ever 2600 tote bag. It's black and has the famous 2600 government seal logo on each side. Each bag measures 15 1/2 by 15 inches, has a nice long 26 inch strap, and is made from 100 percent cotton. They're very strong - you can load most anything in them. (We had no trouble filling them with 2600 back issues and carrying them crosstown.) More than suitable for trips to the grocery store.
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OUR FIRST THREE CONFERENCES ARE NOW ENTIRELY DIGITIZEDMay 15, 2019
This isn't a huge news story but we felt it was worthy of note. As part of our overall digitization project, our team of archivists have finished the thankless task of making all of the recorded talks from our first three conferences available on flash drives and downloadable MP4s for the very first time. Previously, they were only available as DVDs and on YouTube, with all of the baggage that service brings with it. Now you can have the highest quality, fully copyable files to do with as you please. No restrictions. (Please be aware that our video skills at the time were rudimentary at best so some of these videos might be best described as studies in how far we've come.)
We hope to continue this project to cover the remaining three conferences. At present, nine out of our 12 conferences have been published in these formats. You can explore all of what's available here and on YouTube (with their restrictions and limitations).
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2600 DENIED ACCESS TO U.K. STORES DUE TO FEAR OF "NEGATIVE PUBLICITY"May 8, 2019
As many of you are aware, it has become increasingly difficult to survive in the publishing world. Digitization of media is one challenge that magazines can either embrace or fight. The perception that people are reading less these days is also cause for concern. And the decline of bookstores due to large chains moving in and then shutting down is another ominous trend.
It's that latter circumstance that has hurt us the most. (We're continuing to expand our digital options and we find that our readers are reading more than ever, so the first two aren't threats to us.) When people can't find us in the retail stores that remain, that's a big problem.
Earlier this year, we started the process of adding 2600 to stores throughout the United Kingdom at the request of many of our readers. Previously, we were prominently displayed on shelves throughout the country. As referenced above, many chains that carried us (such as Borders and Virgin Megastore) are no longer around. Since then, the distributor environment has become significantly more hostile to publishers, requiring new fees for the privilege of being stocked, a majority of the sale price to go to the store and distributor, and exorbitant delivery charges to be borne by the publisher. Despite all of this, we felt we owed it to our many readers in the U.K. to at least try to survive in this marketplace.
This Tuesday, we got our hands on a letter from a representative from Seymour Distribution Ltd. to our American distributor with reasons why we were being denied consideration. We reproduce it below.
The rational for taking any import title is based
on the following criteria:
1) What is the possible sales volume we can achieve
based upon the business plan of the publisher.
This includes above and below the line marketing
plan, the UK cover price and the quality of the
publication compared to others in the market place.
2) Is the subject matter likely to cause any
negative publicity or consumer complaints. Is the
magazine compliant with all aspects of UK Law.
In the event of point 2 some retailers such as
WH Smith High Street, our largest retailer of
specialist goods have in the contract they can
charge the publisher per complaint and fine the
publisher up to £10,000 plus any cost they may
incur on recalling the title such they decide
this is necessary.
In this circumstance, based upon the content
being such that it may cause complaints we
decline your offer of distribution.
We see this as a very ominous development. Where once we were able to be displayed in stores, now we're barred due to concern over controversy. As the above letter shows, there is no concern over potential sales figures or reader interest. Those have not changed. What has changed is the diversity and level of speech that is now permitted in United Kingdom bookstores. This is not just about us. It affects anyone who dares to publish even slightly controversial material. We have no doubt this policy has already had a chilling effect on many publications and is in no small part leading to their reduction. After all, if people can't see the magazines, how do they know they even exist?
We apologize to our readers in the U.K. for our failure to return to bookstores in your country. We ask that you spread this information widely so that people are aware of the restrictions affecting your freedom to read material of your choice. And, of course, you can always subscribe. They haven't (yet) figured out a way to stop that.
For now, we are focusing on strengthening our U.S. distribution so that something similar doesn't happen here. The help and support of our readers will be invaluable in these efforts.
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CIRCLE OF HOPE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE - MANY BLACKLISTED BY GOOGLEApr 24, 2019
We've finally gotten around to uploading and processing The Circle of HOPE videos for YouTube. They sure didn't make it easy.
Even the tiniest snippet of something that Google's system flagged needed to be dealt with. That's why there are occasional audio and/or visual gaps to keep videos from being blocked entirely. For the most part, you can now relive the speaker sections of our most recent conference. For the completely untouched versions, we offer downloads, flash drives, and DVDs.
While working on this project, we discovered yet another level of judgment we were subjected to by Google. A number of our videos were deemed "not suitable for most advertisers." Let's be clear: we only monetize our videos so we can learn more about how their system works. In reality, we make next to nothing from their ads, just like nearly everyone else on YouTube. (They really don't like it when people reveal this, but it happens to be the truth.)
So with the information we've gained here, we can get a sense as to what Google's algorithm finds to be "objectionable" content. While this is a handy tool in discovering what are probably the better videos in our collection, it also serves as a reminder that, while advertising may be what's blocked today, the actual content could be blocked in the future. That's how labeling and censorship tends to work.
We've added text to each affected video's description as a badge of honor, and we're also listing them below. So far we've found that the videos Google doesn't like are ones with curse words in the title, any mention of terrorism or drugs, and, for some reason, a number of privacy talks. A bunch of talks with "hack" in the title were flagged, but not all of them. In addition, any talk that deals with sex was flagged, including one that Google decided to forbid for anyone under 18 (without notifying us). So we see that the actual blocking of content referenced above is already being undertaken. And we suspect the flagging is also triggered by actual content, not simply the titles.
There are also some true mysteries. We have no idea why the second half of Steve Wozniak's keynote address was flagged, nor do we have a clue as to what was objectionable about a talk dealing with depression in the geek community.
In total, we were flagged 66 times. We've linked to each of the "advertiser-unfriendly" talks below and extend our congratulations to the presenters for reaching this milestone. We can make this a fun project and try and figure out together just what it was that triggered Google in each of these talks. Please send your comments to our letters section.
And don't forget to enjoy the videos!
HOPE'S Hall of Google Shame
The Circle of HOPE (2018)Sex Worker Rights and Internet Freedom - Maggie Mayhem Four Arguments on Why State Hacking is Bad - Luca Follis Hackers and Shamans - Travelers of the Black Box - danae valentina Hacking Extradition: Fighting the Long Arm of U.S. Law - Nathan Fuller, Grace North, Lauri Love, Barrett Brown The Sex Geek Returns: Hacking Plus Human Sexuality AMA - Kit Stubbs The Enron Email Corpus: Where the Bodies Are Buried? - David Noever Help! My Toaster's Attacking Me!' and Other 911 Calls of the Future - Harley Geiger, Amie Stepanovich Online Monitoring of the Alt-Right - Caroline Sinders, Freddy Martinez OpenOversight: XKEYSCORE for Cops -Tracking/Surveilling Your Local Police - Jennifer Helsby, Camille Fassett Updates on I-Star Organizations from the Bullshit Police - Amelia Andersdotter, Mehwish Ansari, Avri Doria, Mallory Knodel Life Before 1337: The Hacker's Illustrated Guide to Script Kiddie History - John Dunlap, Alex Ivanov
The Eleventh HOPE (2016)Go Hack Yourself! - Michael Hernandez How to Torrent a Pharmaceutical Drug - Michael Swan Laufer What the Fuck Are You Talking About? Storytelling for Hackers - Johannes Grenzfurthner Hacking Sex: Toys, Tools, and Tips for Empowerment and Pleasure - Kit Stubbs (blocked entirely by Google for anyone under 18) Medical Devices: Pwnage and Honeypots - Scott Erven, Adam Brand Bringing Down the Great Cryptowall - Weston Hecker F*ck it, We'll Do It Live: Eight Years of Radio Statler! - Beaches, Nikgod, Tech Darko, Bunni3burn, Johnny Xmas, Stoppay, XioNYC
HOPE X (2014)Elevator Hacking: From the Pit to the Penthouse - Deviant Ollam, Howard Payne Vigilante Justice: Masks, Guns, and Networks - Zimmer Barnes Bringing Down the Biological System: How Poisons Hack the Body - Jennifer Ortiz The Sex Geek as Culture Hacker - Kristen Stubbs Art under Mass Surveillance - !Mediengruppe Bitnik HTTP Must Die - Yan Zhu, Parker Higgins Social Engineering - Emmanuel Goldstein and friends SSL++: Tales of Transport-Layer Security at Twitter - @jimio The Hacker Wars - A Conversation with NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake - Thomas Drake, Vivien Lesnik Weisman Barrett Brown and Anonymous: Persecution of Information Activists - Kevin Gallagher, Ahmed Ghappour, Gabriella Coleman
HOPE Number Nine (2012)Hack the Law - Brendan O'Connor Advancements in Botnet Attacks and Malware Distribution - Aditya K. Sood Messing with Nmap Through Smoke and Mirrors - Dan "AltF4" Petro Hackers and Media Hype or Big Hacks That Never Really Happened - Space Rogue Countermeasures: Proactive Self Defense Against Ubiquitous Surveillance - Lisa Shay, Greg Conti Geeks and Depression - Robin DeBates, Mitch Altman, Meredith L. Patterson, Jimmie Rodgers, Daravinne Privacy - A Postmortem (Part 1) - Steven Rambam Privacy - A Postmortem (Part 2) - Steven Rambam
The Next HOPE (2010)Unscheduled Track: Sexucation Extravaganza - C4bl3Fl4m3 Surf's Up! Exploring CSRF through Social Network Exploitation - Daniel McCarney Arse Elektronika: Sex, Tech, and the Future of Screw-It-Yourself - Johannes Grenzfurthner
The Last HOPE (2008)Evil Interfaces: Violating the User - Gregory Conti The Emperor is Naked - Michael Kemp No-Tech Hacking - Johnny Long What and Who is "Anonymous"? - (Anonymous) A Convergence of Communities - John Strauchs Hacking the Mind, Hacking the Body: Pleasure (Part 1) - C4bl3FL4m3 Hacking the Mind, Hacking the Body: Pleasure (Part 2) - C4bl3FL4m3 Hacker Space Design Patterns - Jens Ohlig The Intersection of Culture Jamming, Hacking, and Hacktivism (Part 2) - Pan, Phineas Narco, Tim Maloney, %20, Fred Church, Steev Hise, Ricardo Dominguez, Bernardo Attias, Mark Hosler
HOPE Number Six (2006)Hack the Palate! How to Set Up a Kitchen Hack Lab - Gweeds VoIP Unlocking - TProphet Bin Laden, National Intelligence, How NOT to Spend the Taxpayer's Treasure - Robert Steele Europe Has Hackers Too - mc.fly, Frank Rieger, Rop Gonggrijp
The Fifth HOPE (2004)Terrorism and Hackers - Greg Newby Hacking More of the Invisible World - Bernie S., Barry "The Key" Wels Keynote - Steve Wozniak (2 of 2) Security, Liberties, and Trade-Offs in the War on Terrorism - Bruce Schneier
H2K2 (2002)Protection for the Masses - Rop Gonggrijp The Argument Against Security Through Obscurity - Greg Newby Abuse of Authority - Bernie S., ShapeShifter, Alex Urbelis Making Money on the Internet While Still Saying "Fuck" - Pud The Vanished Art of Human Intelligence - Mike Levine Fucking Up the Internet at ICANN: Global Control Through the Domain Name System - Andy Mueller-Maguhn
H2K (2000)Hacktivism - Terrorism or A New Hope? - Reid Fleming, Oxblood, and Shapeshifter
Beyond HOPE (1997)Prisoners - Emmanuel Goldstein, Bernie S., Phiber Optik Dangerous Legislation - Bernie S., Steve Barber, Shabbir Safdar
Hackers On Planet Earth (1994)Fun with Pagers - Thomas Icom
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SPRING ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDApr 9, 2019
As the birds, plants, and insects begin to emerge, it becomes clear that Spring is once more in the air. But what really makes the season complete is the appearance of the Spring issue of 2600, which has just come out. If you're a subscriber, then you likely already know this. If you're not, it's really easy to become one - just click here and issues will start to come your way. You can also find 2600 in many bookstores and magazine stands. But it doesn't end there - you can also become a digital subscriber! Our Kindle subscription is available in both the U.S. and U.K. In addition, you can get digital subscriptions worldwide via Google Play and the Barnes and Noble Nook. There are all kinds of methods to get digital issues - just visit our digital edition guide to see them all. And enjoy the spring weather!
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VOLUME 22 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDMar 4, 2019
Volume 22 of The Hacker Digest is now out. If you're a lifetime digital subscriber, you will have already received this edition. Volume 22 is comprised of issues from 2005. We had a fun continuing theme on that year's covers involving a mysterious metallic case traveling throughout the world. We had no shortage of material to focus upon. There was a seemingly non-ending supply of bad laws and legislation all around the world. And we saw a connection. “The element of fear that is constantly bombarding us is the best thing that could have happened to those who want more control, more surveillance, and a crackdown on dissent.”
You can click here to buy Volume 22 or become a lifetime digital subscriber here. If you do the latter, you will receive digital copies of everything we have published to date, plus everything that we publish in the future. We have now digitized 32 out of our 35 years.
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WINTER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDJan 17, 2019
As the dead of winter sets in, we're glad we can warm things up a bit with the release of our Winter issue. If you're a subscriber, you've probably had it in your hands for a few days. If you're not a subscriber, please stop kicking yourself - it's easy to become one! Just click here. If you've got a Kindle, it's super easy to become a digital subscriber. There are currently options for U.S. and U.K. subscriptions that will have an issue in your hands within seconds! We also have options for Google Play and the Nook from anywhere. (They have been slow to add the new issue so please give them a nudge if you use their services.) To see ALL of the digital options we currently have, visit our digital edition guide.
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VOLUME 21 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDDec 7, 2018
Volume 21 of The Hacker Digest is now out. If you're a lifetime digital subscriber, you will have already received this edition. Volume 21 is comprised of issues from 2004, our 20th anniversary and a year where we embraced propaganda, at least on all of our covers. It was a time of soul searching in the hacker community, the year of The Fifth HOPE, and a changing country.
You can click here to buy Volume 21 or become a lifetime digital subscriber here. If you do the latter, you will receive digital copies of everything we have published to date, plus everything that we publish in the future. We have now digitized 31 out of our 34 years.
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2600 HOLIDAY SPECIALS NOW AVAILABLENov 26, 2018
We've just unleashed a whole bunch of holiday specials on the world for your shopping pleasure. There are all kinds of amazing deals involving hacker clothing, calendars, and the like. You can get a two-for-one subscription deal, a free lifetime, and more! Check out the whole collection here.
Perhaps the most dramatic (and most limited) of our sales is our special December Edition of Club-Mate. It consists of a bunch of cases of the popular beverage that was supposed to be sold at this summer's HOPE conference but wound up being left behind. Since the Sell By date is the middle of December, we're practically giving it all away. (It'll still be good for at least a year beyond that date.) You can grab a case or two while they're still around here.
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THE CIRCLE OF HOPE DVDS ARE OUTOct 25, 2018
We know there are still some of you out there who continue to use DVDs, so we've been hard at work for months to make sure our DVD archive of this summer's Circle of HOPE conference is worthy of your collection. From designing fresh menus on each disc to ensuring that every moment of sound and picture is at its best, this has really been a labor of love and insanity on our part. And the icing on the cake is the new pricing structure we've introduced storewide - ALL of our HOPE DVDs now cost a third of what they did prior to this announcement!
Each DVD is non-DRM and can be copied freely and played in any region of the planet Earth.
Click here for The Circle of HOPE DVDs.
Click here for The Circle of HOPE Full Set.
Click here to start perusing ALL of our DVDs from each of our twelve conferences. (You can select individual conferences on the left.)
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AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDOct 11, 2018
The Autumn issue of 2600 has hit the stands! Not only that, but it's already in the hands of most of our subscribers, something you would know already if you were a subscriber. To become one, it really couldn't be much easier. Just click here. It's also incredibly easy to become a subscriber using a Kindle. We have U.S. and U.K. subscription options that will ensure your digital issues arrive on your devices without you having to lift a finger! You can also easily subscribe through Google Play or the Nook from anywhere. If you want to see all of the digital options we currently have, visit our digital edition guide.
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COME TO OUR WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERT PARTYOct 1, 2018
This Wednesday, October 3rd, something very special will happen in the United States. Shortly after 2 pm, nearly every cell phone in the country will receive an emergency alert as a test of the Presidential Alert function that phones now have and which you CANNOT opt out of. So what better way to mark the occasion than to get a crowd of hackers (and hacker fans) together to capture the moment?
If you're in the New York metro area, we suggest you set aside an hour this coming Wednesday afternoon and join us at The Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn at around 1:30 pm to be a part of this magical moment. In the future, receiving this alert on your phone will likely inspire either significant annoyance or panic, so why not be a part of the one time when it can be an event of pure fun?
As is traditional in the hacker world, we would like to perform as many tests and experiments as we can when the moment arrives. Please bring different types of phones and devices to see how (and if) they work during this test. The whole thing will be captured for posterity and plans are in the works to broadcast the event live over the radio on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. (To add to the fun, a nationwide Emergency Alert Service test is planned for all television and radio stations in the country immediately following the cell phone test.)
Wednesday, October 3rd, 1:30 pm
The Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond), Brooklyn, New York
Updates on Twitter at @hackerradioshow and @2600 - email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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VOLUME 20 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDSep 6, 2018
We've released Volume 20 of The Hacker Digest. If you're a lifetime digital subscriber, you will have already received this edition. Volume 20 is comprised of issues from 2003, when war was in the air and all kinds of challenges faced the hacker community. It's a pretty fascinating period to look back upon.
You can click here to buy Volume 20 or become a lifetime digital subscriber here. If you do the latter, you will receive digital copies of everything we have published to date, plus everything that we publish in the future. So far, we've digitized 30 out of our 34 years.
CIRCLE OF HOPE VIDEOS RELEASEDSep 4, 2018
All of the scheduled talks from The Circle of HOPE conference are now available after six weeks of getting them all organized and presented with the best possible quality.
You can get them as flash drives (they no longer fit on a single 128GB drive) or as individual downloads in full HD quality. (For those of you who still believe in DVDs, those are coming, but they take significantly more work to put together - we'll let you know.)
All videos are completely DRM-free and able to be shared anywhere. To get everything sent to you on two flash drives, head over to this page on our store. If you'd prefer to pick and choose the talks you want to download, you can begin your browsing here. (You can download the Chelsea Manning interview for free! Also available at no charge is a presentation by the Internet Society, who make these high quality recordings possible.)
(Audio from all talks is also available for download at hope.net.)
CLUB-MATE FINALLY BACK IN STOCKAug 30, 2018
You may have noticed that our Club-Mate supply has been out of stock for a while. There are a variety of reasons for this, including logistical issues and the huge amount we needed to save for our conference this summer. But our ship has finally come in (literally). We've got a new supply of Club-Mate in 12- and 18-bottle cases, along with single bottle samplers for the timid. You can find it all in the Club-Mate section of our store!
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VOLUME 34 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDAug 23, 2018
All versions of The Hacker Digest Volume 34 (2017) have now been released. The PDF version has been available to digital lifetime subscribers for a while and now the Kindle version is also available, along with the EPUB version. (We've been sidetracked by HOPE preparations and recovery. We apologize for the delay.)
Also available is the most recent in our PDF archive series: Volume 19 from 2002. (Every three months we release another volume from our archives. Volume 20 will be available by the end of August.)
To see a full listing of our digital options, click here.
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2019 HACKER CALENDAR IS OUTAug 17, 2018
The brand new 2019 Hacker Calendar has been officially released. It contains yet another set of amazing payphone photos from around the world, along with calendar entries for nearly every day of the year, filled with momentous historical notes of interest to hackers and the world of technology in general. Each month features another 12"x12" glossy color photo of a public phone, none of which have been printed before, either in previous calendars or in 2600. And while 2019 may seem far away, it grows closer with every moment. (Plus, this calendar becomes operational in September of this year, as we have a special four-month page for the last part of 2018, complete with yet another awesome payphone photo!)
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2600 JOINS THE SECUREDROP NETWORKJul 17, 2018
We are very proud to join forces with the Freedom of the Press Foundation by becoming a part of the SecureDrop open-source whistleblower system. This is an extremely secure method of accepting documents and other material from anonymous sources. Coded by the late Aaron Swartz, SecureDrop is currently in operation worldwide at a variety of media outlets who have a strong interest in protecting their sources and publishing the truth.
In order to use SecureDrop, you must run Tor Browser and connect to our .onion address. Specific details can be found at www.2600.com/securedrop. It's very simple to add documents and have them sent to us without our ever knowing who the source is. The system allows for messages to be sent back and forth between us and the submitter, again without identities, IP numbers, or geographical locations being revealed.
SecureDrop has been a topic at previous HOPE conferences and there are panels on the groundbreaking service at The Circle of HOPE this weekend. We are thrilled to add our names to those who have already made this project as vital as it is to a free and open press.
(You can still submit articles to 2600 in the old-fashioned way by emailing them to email@example.com. Your contributions to our pages are what help make the hacker world so interesting.)
SUMMER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDJul 12, 2018
Summer is here and, with it, the Summer issue of 2600! If you're a subscriber, you probably already know this since you're likely holding it in your hands as you read this. If you're not a subscriber, that's real easy to fix by clicking here. If you have a Kindle, it's even easier. After you subscribe (U.S. or U.K.), you literally don't have to lift a finger as issues will automatically appear on your device. You can also subscribe through Google Play or the Nook from anywhere on Earth. For a full listing of our digital options, visit our digital edition guide, which we're always updating.
HOPE TICKET SALES ARE ENDING TODAYJul 6, 2018
We kept the door open as long as we could, but we have to cut this off at some point - and that point will be TODAY - Friday, July 6th. At the end of the day, it will no longer be possible to preregister for The Circle of HOPE. So if you intend to go, we strongly urge you to preregister quickly.
HOPE SPEAKER LINEUP ANNOUNCEDJun 21, 2018
We have a really big list of talks and speakers that we've just posted on the HOPE site. We are blown away by the quality of these talks and panels. (More will still be added too!) Please have a look. If you haven't yet gotten your HOPE tickets, you'd best hurry and click this link. As for hotel rooms, those of you who were met with a SOLD OUT message over the past couple of days can now rejoice in the fact that we've secured a limited number of discounted rooms for your convenience. Just click here before it's too late.
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HOPE DISCOUNTED HOTEL RATES WILL SOON EXPIREJun 19, 2018
We're close to selling out the Hotel Pennsylvania for the upcoming Circle of HOPE conference. You can still take advantage of the super-discounted rooms being made available to HOPE attendees right in the middle of midtown Manhattan by clicking this link. After Friday, these rates will no longer apply. (They may also sell out before then and certain room types are already unavailable.)
And while you're remembering to do things, don't forget to get your tickets to HOPE by clicking here.
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SPEAKER SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE CIRCLE OF HOPE IS MAY 28May 17, 2018
If you want to present a talk at The Circle of HOPE, your time is running out! The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 28, 2018. We still have openings for the kinds of presentations that the HOPE conference is known for: enlightening, creative, unique, controversial, etc. We welcome entries from young and old, from CEOs and professors to hacktivists and students - all we require is that you have the hacker spirit and something to say. Please consult the guidelines and tips at this link.
As you may know, we're honored to have Chelsea Manning as one of our speakers this year. She will be joined by more than 100 others. The full schedule will be announced in June.
Tickets will be going out via email in the next few weeks. If your email address has changed since you bought tickets, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll sort it out. Tickets are still available, but we want to avoid overcrowding - even with our expanded space - so we advise getting them earlier rather than later. Remember, tickets aren't refundable, but they are able to be transferred to others. You can get tickets at this link.
The Circle of HOPE will be taking place July 20, 21, and 22, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Discounted hotel rooms are available here.
For continuing updates, visit www.hope.net.
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEMay 9, 2018
CHELSEA MANNING TO APPEAR AT HOPEMay 3, 2018
We're happy to announce that The Circle of HOPE conference will be hosting an historic onstage interview of Chelsea Manning by noted technologist Yan Zhu. Chelsea Manning is a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense who disclosed a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, revealing human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to serve 35 years in a military prison, but after seven years President Obama commuted her sentence. She will be interviewed by Yan Zhu, an EFF Technology Fellow with an MIT degree in physics who promotes information freedom and an Internet that respects humans.
There are many more talks that will be announced in the coming weeks. The deadline for submissions is at the end of the month, so if you want to give a talk at HOPE, please send in your proposal soon! Full details can be found at the speaker section of the HOPE website.
The Circle of HOPE will be taking place July 20, 21, and 22, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City and will feature over 100 talks ranging from highly technical to socially provocative, but all connected in some way to the wonderful world of hacking. In addition, we'll have a huge floorspace for all kinds of hacker projects and displays.
For continuing updates, visit www.hope.net.
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEMay 3, 2018
SOME NOTES ON THE SPRING 2018 ISSUEApr 28, 2018
Thanks to everyone expressing concern over the latest issue of 2600 not being in every Barnes and Noble like it's supposed to be. Apparently, their internal distribution system has changed, resulting in delays to some parts of the country. We're told that issues should be in all stores by now or, at the very latest, by April 30. Please let us know if you notice that it's not. Also, one of our oldest distributors closed its doors recently, resulting in some places local to New York no longer receiving issues. If you're familiar with such a place, please let us know its name and we will contact them to arrange an alternative system. Better yet, if you can ask them which distributors they use, we can contact them.
To our great horror, we discovered a couple of errors in our latest issue. One affects only the Kindle edition and is easily remedied. In the fifth letter to the editor, written by D1vr0c, look for the line that reads:
>var x = 99;
shouldn't have the >.
The other error affects everything except the Kindle edition and appears in the article entitled "Breaking Standards." We were mortified to discover that this article cut off before it was finished. These are the last lines:
To retrieve the password, you proceed with a reverse approach:
$ head -c 10 COLOURB.PI9 | xxd -p | sed ‘s/\(.\)\(.
/\2\1/g’ | xxd -r -p
Using simple steganography techniques like this one, I recommend that you learn the commands by heart and clear your shell history to leave no visible clue of your manipulation. Of course, you need to properly delete your temporary files too.
I think you get the main idea: breaking the norm and standards, or using exotic or long forgotten ones, can conceal our intention and make the reconnaissance phase far more difficult for potential malevolent people.
The key is to think out of the box. After all, many hacks are based on the assumption that 99 percent of us are using the same predictable tools.
As I’m writing this article, I’m receiving more and more corporate emails assessing the potential impacts of the Meltdown and Spectre security holes on the infrastructures of our customers. To make it simple, every modern computer with a superscalar microprocessor architecture is potentially involved, so hiding sensible data on simpler (emulated) computers might well be a safer choice after all.
All you need is to simply accept that you will get your hands a bit dirty, and learn some strange operating systems or applications you may have never heard of before. But that’s part of the fun, don’t you think?
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEApr 19, 2018
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEApr 18, 2018
SPRING ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDApr 10, 2018
Spring is in the air and the new issue of 2600 should be in your hands. If it's not, we can help alleviate this. The easiest way is to subscribe, which you can do on our subscription page for printed copies. If you have a Kindle and want to have issues magically appear there, simply click on the U.S. or U.K. Kindle subscription page and you'll have the new issue within seconds. It doesn't end there. You can also subscribe through Google Play or the Nook all over the planet. And for a full listing of all of our digital options, simply go to our digital edition guide, which is constantly being updated.
And remember: all of these issues can be taken outdoors so you can enjoy the spring weather.
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEMar 29, 2018
CURRENT BATCH OF HOPE TICKETS SOLD OUT - NEW BATCH TO BENEFIT EFF GO ON SALE SUNDAYMar 28, 2018
As many of you have noticed, HOPE tickets are currently sold out. Sales have outpaced previous years and we want to avoid overcrowding. However, we do have expanded space this year and more tickets will be made available.
Starting this Sunday, April 1st, we will begin our EFF benefit, where ten percent of all ticket sales go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help with the many worthy causes this organization is a part of. If you're kicking yourself for not getting HOPE tickets while you had the chance, this is an excellent way to get your hands on them and make a worthwhile contribution at the same time.
Ticket sales will open on Sunday at this link.
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEMar 28, 2018
VOLUME 18 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDMar 19, 2018
We've just released Volume 18 of The Hacker Digest. If you're a digest subscriber, you should have already received your copy. This volume was from the year 2001, where lawsuits continued to rain down upon us, the country faced a major turning point, and the Code Red computer worm was unleashed.
Our digitization project continues to move forward. You can click here to buy Volume 18 or here to become a lifetime Hacker Digest subscriber and receive every digest put out so far, as well as everything we publish into the future. We now have 27 years of 2600 digitized in non-DRM PDF format. We currently have Volumes 1 through 18 encoded, as well as Volumes 25 through 33. Every three months, a new digest will be released that will narrow the gap of undigitized issues. Also, a new digest of the previous year's issues is released each spring. (For those of you who want to get all of the digital issues as well as paper editions, we have a special offer here. And if you already have a lifetime subscription to the paper edition, you can upgrade to the digital lifetime subscription at a super discounted rate.)
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEMar 15, 2018
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEMar 14, 2018
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEMar 8, 2018
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEMar 7, 2018
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEMar 1, 2018
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEFeb 28, 2018
NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINEFeb 21, 2018
NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINEFeb 15, 2018
SPEAKER SUBMISSIONS FOR THE CIRCLE OF HOPE ARE NOW OPENJan 13, 2018
Speaker submissions for The Circle of HOPE are now open! That means if you have an idea for something you'd like to present at HOPE this year, we're ready to hear your ideas. Unlike most other conferences, we're very open to considering non-established voices and brand new ideas. This is what we've become known for over the years. Our community is an open one and we move forward by listening and sharing our knowledge.
Of course, we will also have many presentations from established experts with extremely impressive backgrounds. That is the magic of HOPE - the mixing of ideas and experience levels in the hacker community.
If you want to be a speaker this year, your presentation ideas should be submitted with a synopsis of your topic and a short presenter bio. Speakers will be chosen by peer review, based on topics and relevance. Seminars, panels, fireside chats, tutorials, debates, interviews, and other types of presentations are all welcome. Most presentations will be given 50 minutes.
HOPE includes a very wide variety of topics, limited only by our collective imagination: cryptography, copyright, telecommunications, new technologies, research, experimentation, surveillance, countersurveillance, privacy, anonymity, censorship, hardware hacking, programming, democracy and law, education, social engineering, digital protests, hacking society, and even more. We are also looking for innovative subjects and presentation formats. At a HOPE conference there isn't just a right to explore, there is a mandate to cross boundaries. Come show us what you've got!
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com and include speaker names (or aliases) and email addresses, with the title and a description of the proposed presentation. Also include a *brief* biographical statement.
We will start letting people know their talks are approved on a staggered schedule beginning as early as next month. Notifications will continue through June. Timing is based on many factors including strength of presentation, number of similar talks, overall relevance, and more. But even if you don't get an acceptance notification, we will have an unscheduled track at the conference that's open to everyone in addition to a couple of lightning talk rounds. You may also be asked if you'd like to do a last minute fill-in. At a HOPE conference, anything is possible. But part of the magic is to take that first step and put forth a brand new idea.
The Circle of HOPE will be taking place July 20, 21, and 22, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City and will feature over 100 talks ranging from highly technical to socially provocative, but all connected in some way to the wonderful world of hacking. In addition, we'll have a huge floorspace for all kinds of hacker projects and displays.
For continuing updates, visit www.hope.net.
CLUB-MATE WINTER EDITION HAS ARRIVEDJan 10, 2018
We just got our annual shipment of Club-Mate Winter Edition. This is the special flavor released for a brief period in Germany once a year. We don't have a whole lot of the stuff so if it's something you desire, we suggest acting fast and hitting this link.
NEXT BATCH OF HOPE TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAYJan 10, 2018
Our last two ticket sale events were over in just around one second. We know this was the cause of much anxiety and frustration for those of you who weren't among the lucky ones. We believe this next and final round will last much longer than the first two, but it's quite likely these tickets will also go relatively fast. Even with our increased space this July, more people are attending each year and tickets are going faster. We don't want to overcrowd the venue, so we're keeping a watchful eye on the number of attendees, which will make tickets harder to get overall. If you're certain that you want to go to HOPE this year, we strongly suggest you get tickets as quickly as possible so that you're guaranteed entry to the conference. (We have also lifted our four ticket maximum.)
This next batch will become available this Friday, the 12th of January, at 12:12 pm Eastern Time. Visit the HOPE site at that time to get a link directly to the ticket sales.
You can also get a super-discounted hotel room for The Circle of HOPE by visiting this link - these should be available for a while but they will also sell out at some point.
The Circle of HOPE will be held July 20-22, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. We wish you luck on Friday and look forward to seeing you at HOPE!
WINTER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDJan 5, 2018
It's the dead of winter and no better time for a brand new issue of 2600 to be in your hands. There are many ways you can help make this happen. If you're already a subscriber, there's no need to do anything. Whether it's analog or digital, you can count on our new issue being in your hands within days, if not already. If you haven't yet subscribed, it's easy and painless to correct that problem. Simply go to our main subscription page to sign up for printed copies. Prefer the Kindle? That's easy too! You can subscribe from any U.S. or U.K. Kindle account. In addition, you can subscribe through Google Play or the Nook in most parts of the world. For a full list of digital options, visit our complete digital edition guide on our site.
We hope all of this will help you stay warm through the cold days ahead.
DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR THE CIRCLE OF HOPEDec 6, 2017
We're happy to announce that Hotel Pennsylvania has already put aside a block of heavily discounted rooms for us during our next conference. Simply click here to reserve them. We doubt you'll find a better deal anywhere in the city - and you'll be in the same building as all the fun! While we expect this special room rate to be available for the near future, the hotel WILL fill up at some point so be forewarned.
The Circle of HOPE will be taking place July 20-22, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Keep checking hope.net for more details.
VOLUME 17 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASEDDec 2, 2017
We've just released Volume 17 of The Hacker Digest. If you're a digest subscriber, you should have already received your copy. This volume was from the year 2000, where we made the whole Y2K thing pale in comparison to what was going on in the hacker community. It was the year Kevin Mitnick was finally released from prison - and the year the Motion Picture Association of America came after us for daring to help people play DVDs on a Linux machine. Many of these issues have been sold out for years, but now they're available in digital form.
If you're looking to see what our whole digitization project is all about, this is a great year to start with. Click here to buy Volume 17 or here to become a lifetime Hacker Digest subscriber and receive every digest put out so far, as well as everything we publish into the future. We now have 26 years of 2600 digitized in non-DRM PDF format. We currently have Volumes 1 through 17 encoded, as well as Volumes 25 through 33. Every three months, a new digest will be released that will narrow the gap of undigitized issues. Also, a new digest of the previous year's issues is released each spring. (For those of you who want to get all of the digital issues as well as paper editions, we have a special offer here. And if you already have a lifetime subscription to the paper edition, you can upgrade to the digital lifetime subscription at a super discounted rate.)
ONE TIME CLUB-MATE BLOWOUT SALE WHILE SUPPLY LASTSNov 16, 2017
Here's the deal. We have a few cases of Club-Mate that have a "best buy" date of November 23rd. We can say from experience that the quality does not magically decline after that date (we've had bottles well over a year past the "best buy" date and haven't noticed a difference) but we cannot sell them after then. We want the space so we're slashing the price effective immediately. We're offering 18-packs for just $20 plus shipping. That's just over $1 a bottle, cheaper than it's ever been anywhere! But again, we don't have a lot so we expect it to run out. And even if it doesn't, we can't sell it after next week. Follow this link to take advantage of this - and don't expect this to happen again anytime soon. (We will also be out of stock until early 2018 - we are expecting some Winter Edition in January, however.)
AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASEDOct 6, 2017
The leaves of Autumn have begun to turn, as have the pages of the Autumn edition of 2600, which is hitting the stands worldwide as you read this. One can be sent to your mailbox easily and cheaply by subscribing through our online store.
But it doesn't end there. You can wander on down to your local bookstore or newsstand and pick up the latest issue if we're carried there. And if we're not, you can let us know and we'll take steps to fix it.
And, of course, our digital options abound. You can subscribe via Kindle in either the U.S. or the U.K., while obtaining individual issues for other areas (see our guide here). You can have issues sent to your phone or computer via Google Play. You can also subscribe through the Barnes and Noble Nook. And if all of this makes you hunger for more, you can peruse our digital digests from years past.
No matter how you read us, we hope to enhance the days of Autumn with all kinds of mind-provoking hacker material!