Early Internet Hacks That Caused a Stir | Nostalgia Nerd

Early Internet Hacks That Caused a Stir | Nostalgia Nerd

[Delightful sounds of bits] [Shifiting, Parisian jazz] John T Draper is a familiar name in the hacking
community, mainly because he was one of the first members of the public to hack, uninvited
into a remote system. In the 60s he discovered that a toy whistle in a packet of Cap’n Crunch
could produce a perfect 2,600Hz tone, and *2,600Hz tone* by sounding it down a telephone, it enabled
him to obtain free long distance phone calls. This was a method of controlling telephone
switches through a method known as ‘phreaking’, which actually led to his imprisonment. Thereby
becoming one of the first criminal “hackers”. Fast forward to the 1980s, and with modems
and personal computers popping up left, right and centre, a new glorious world was opening
up, with films such as WarGames capturing this wonderful new world of hacking potential. “I don’t think I deserved an F, do you?” [keyboard and modem sounds] By 1990, a great war was occurring behind the scenes, between some of the largest hacking
groups. On one side The Legion of Doom… (or at least a splinter faction after their purported demise) and on the other side, the Masters of Deception. Each group
trying to outdo the other with more ingenious and elaborate hacks. Because as well as political
motivation, revenge, demonstration or simply dislike, simple notoriety was high on the
list of reasons to hack. However, with notoriety comes visibility, and it wasn’t long before
the FBI were on their tracks, with members of both groups, including the head of Masters
of Deception, Mark Abene, ending up behind bars for several years. Sympathies among other
hackers and a feeling of injustice for hackers receiving more time than serious crimes with
real world victims of course would lead to more hacks. With the rise of the internet, the hacking
playgroud was growing, and to police this playground laws were brought into place to
try and keep order, including the Computer Misuse Act of 1990. These were tentative days,
filled with Geocities, Altavista, Ask Jeeves, low resolution, low colour GIFs, MORE GIFs,
NEVER ENDING GIFs, crap fonts, oh, and lots of keyword spamming. This was a domain, if
you’ll excuse the pun, where many people were just getting to grips with what they were
doing, and so, as you’d expect, knowledge was thin on the ground. This was never more apparent than system and website security. [mysterious electronic tones] So then, welcome then to my top Website hacks
of the 1990s. Before we begin, just be sure to flex your neck muscles so you can look
away when appropriate. 20th September 1996, and the CIA website.
Now here’s what it should look like, you can see the red writing “Unauthorized modification
of any information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution”…. annnnd,
here’s what it looked like shortly after. Now this is a hack by Swedish group Power
Through Resistance. This was in response to Swedish prosecutor Bo Skarinder, prosecuting
five people for hacking earlier that week. You can see their message stating “F*ck you
to the Central Intelligence Agency World Wide Web site… but we already know you’re all
lame assholes”. Now, this is a demonstration of hackers banding together, and supporting
their own in the best way they know how to, and although it didn’t remain up for long,
it was enough to reach CNN news at the time. You can see the usual links are long gone,
and instead we can navigate to “The Hacker’s Defense Foundation”, “Flashback News Agency”
and a few more links including… NUDE GIRLS. You’ll find this is a running theme throughout
hacked sites of the 90s. OK 12th December 1996 and we cross the pond
for the British Labour Party. Here’s how Tony Blair looked originally, in this sparse, but
easy to navigate site… and here we are POST hack. AS you can see, nothing has changed. Oh, my bad, some links have changed. We’ve
got “The Budget Response: More of those lies all parties feed you close to an election”,
“The Road to nowhere?”. “New Information (Same Old Lies, New Packaging) and so on… along
with a nice “Hacked Labour” image. At the time you might have been hard pressed to spot
the difference, but here we have a politically motivated hack – albeit a light hearted one
– by the group AOHP. [Twang that guitar] It’s only fair that we then visit the Conservative
Party page on 27th April 1997. Here’s the Right Honourable John Major MP, looking much
like John Major and then….well, again, it’s hard to notice the difference. “Just kidding!” Now here we
have a much more focused political attack, with a long message. It basically boils down
to; The Conservatives claiming that all communications
breakthroughs started under Conservative Governments, and the hackers pointing out that they had
nothing to do with the breakthroughs, they just happened to be in power. There also seems
to be an EU flag, which seems appropriate. Now back across the pond, this one is interesting,
if only for the fact that it stayed up for an entire week. This was an time when IT was
slow to act, more than likely outsourced and probably very little knowledge of who was
running it. It’s the Legal Employment Network who apparently… “SPECIALIZE IN PROVIDING LEGAL EMPLOYMENT
yeah, you get the idea. Anyway this was hacked by the individuals MadS/WarB/PoweRT/Del/KNS.
Nice work lads. Now here we have, probably the most targeted
organisation on the web, in this part of the 90s at least. It had been hacked twice in
December 1996 by \StOrM\, leaving somewhat graphical content But it was also very possibly the first time that a hacked site had used Javascript and frames You remember frames don’t you? They used to be all the rage in the 90s. They allowed you to have different sections of a website page you could scroll at your own will. Anyway, here was now a different hack on the 5th March 1997. This time, we have the sympathetic pleas of H4G1S (or Hagis), acknowledging the
plight of Kevin Mitnick, one of the most notorious hackers of the time, and actually the first
hacker to appear on an FBI Most Wanted poster, for wire fraud and various other hacks within
the preceding 2 years. Good on you Kevin. The page states that he’s been rotting in
a prison cell for 2 years, over his desire to learn, and still hasn’t gone to trial. It also talks of Ed Cummings, thrown into
prison for possessing nothing more than a couple of pieces of electronics from radio
shack. If that’s the case, then I am in a WHOLE HEAP of bother. [Chilled electronic musica] 8th December 1997, and it was Yahoo’s turn.
Now this was no small fry, because Yahoo was a huge player back in the 90s. It was one
of the main portals to the web, offering email, news and a pretty good search engine, for the time… “Do you errr, Yahoo?” So anyone
who could pull of an attack here was, well, clearly the head of their class. It would take the combined powers of PANTZ
and H4GiS to try and hold the US Government to ransom, by demanding the release of, you
guessed it Kevin Mitnick. “For the past month, anyone who has viewed
Yahoo’s page & used their search engine, now has a logic bomb/worm implanted deep within
their computer”, that’s the fear tactic which was used here, with an offer of an antidote
program if Kevin is released. an interesting attack, which was clearly false and relied on fear. The only problem was this hack was only up for 15 minutes and
could only be seen by certain browsers. Comments on the CNN message board relating to this
were; “By the way, who was this infamous “imprisoned
comrade” these geeks wanted released? Does anyone know? Knowing who it was would be a
good way to track down the hackers.” from Grant Webster, thank you Grant and… the deciphering of the alphanumeric
part of the ransom to read “hey mister security expert.. if you’re so ? , how come you’re
always getting owned by US anklebiters?” But the best bit here is what their Virus
would do. Apparently one of the functions was it “will cause an acceleration of clocks
to the year 2000” [Sad, Auld Lang Syne music] *Rocket blast* YES, they used the millennium bug as a threat… ohhhh, no ANYTHING BUT
THAT. It just goes to show how much fear and frenzy was whipped up concerning the Y2k critter,
which as we know, actually did very little. [Upbeat comical jazz] Popping back to 27th May and we visit the
Jurassic Park: Lost World promotional site. Now here’s a back by the originally named
“hackers” which was up for 12 hours, just 4 days as the movie opened. Now if this was
for the original film, then I’d be upset, but this is the Lost World… so the sentiment
is entirely justified. 14th November 1997 and it’s the turn of the
Spice Girls, or at least the Spice World page of their website… you remember that movie don’t you? “Here we go, the backlash has started” Yeah, of course you do! Essentially this is a hack
to plee for them to stop making music, courtesy of Team CodeZero. I don’t know about you,
but I’m quite partial to some…. *Severely distorted audio* Slam it to the left, if you’re having a good time… …shake it to the right. [deadpan] It’s amazing how much clipping music in the 90s had. OK, so how about something a little more serious.
A website which you might think would have the highest security possible and therefore
be completely “unhackable”… Well hello there US Army. The day is Sunday 8th March 1998,
and those sly little dogs the No|d Crew have been hard at work hacking three separate United
States Army servers. They took little time in promoting how incredible their hack had
been. “This is were it happens. Where some of the
most advanced U.S. Army software is developed. This hack is once again proving that any network
no matter how large is exploitable.”.. I like your jib NOID. The aim of this hack seems to be to actually
alert the public about how exploitable these pages are, and potentially how easy it is
to get at sensitive information. It wasn’t up for long, but to make sure they got the
point across, the next day they went after the US Navy, detailing their views on how,
well, crap the government is at keeping their sh*t secure. I guess the person they really should have
been talking to was Clinton….. if he wasn’t too occupied that is. [Nonchalant jazz] Welcome to MonicaLewinsky dot com,
hacked by Magic FX on the 5th March 1999. The original isn’t even a proper site. It’s
more of a holding page, registered on behalf of Ms. Lewinsky. However, she never took up
the offer to use it and explain her story, so it was hacked to this… This was right after Ms. Lewinsky had informed
an entire nation, well actually, the world, that the President’s wife “couldn’t do it
for him”. “Yes!” -“You did?” “Yes!” Here then we have a fervid supporter of, well, decency I guess, because both Lewinskey
and Clinton are given are thorough telling off in the following paragraphs… “The whole situation makes me sick. What has
happened to this country? The president is supposed to be a role model for the youth
of america and what does he do?”…. if you ask me, we need to bring this kind of hacking
back. Now people just put out Youtube videos, or send out a tweet to share there feelings.
Back in the 90s, you had to hack a god damn website to tell the world what you thought.
You had to know what you were doing. At the very least, it ensured those who wanted to
be heard, learnt some technical skills along the way. Oh, incidentally, the same day P*ssy-Power dot com
was also hacked. Similar theme. [Musak begins] Even though this video is based around events which happened.. 20 years ago. and websites which no longer exist Youtube refused to monestise it So instead, I’ve opted for a relevant sponsor. After all, what better than to go with a company invested in the freedom of our internet? Surfshark VPN is the name, and Icannot stress how important it is to have a VPN for all kinds of situations! For one, I’ve been the victim of online fraud before and if you’re using public Wi-Fi hotspots, so could you. The internet is a very different place to what it was in the ’90s! Back then it was a naive, homely, hobby filled place, which was filled with glee and wonder. But now, where-ever you go, you’re tracked. You’re tracked by your location. You’re tracked by your choices. and that means you’re blocked from some services in other countries. Surfshark will protect you from all of this. What’s more Surfshark appears to be the cheapest you can get this level of protection We’re talking $1.99 a month for unlimited connections. Using code “NERD” will get you one month free, plus that sweet, sweet 83% off. Nice! This isn’t the ’90s, so get yourself protected and follow the link below. and I guess now, we can get back, to the nineties! *grunts approvingly to self* Which brings me onto the final hack for this
episode. Occuring on the 4th April 1999, and spread across several famous domains, including
Playboy, Sprint, Yellow Pages, Sony Music and even h*rnyrob dot com. Yep, I know what
you’re thinking. Not h*rnyrob. But when you’re as h*rny as Rob apparently was, web security
has a tendency to slide. The replacement is this site featuring a UK
flag, emblazoned with “Yorkshire Posse”, big ups mate! But the main theme is explained
here… “As you read this, the RCMP, NASA and the
FBI are persecuting a man in Sudbury, Ontario with 99 criminal charges. Just what exactly
did he do?… Well, Read on and be skooled!” This is the cum-uppence for Jason Mewhiney,
for apparently defacing the NASA web page? [Windows triumphant sound!] You remember we’ve just spoken about it. It appears the Yorkshire Posse
are making a declaration of war agianst all who would challenge the freedom of Canadians
with such ludicrous actions! We have broken into your phone companies, your breweries,
everything you hold sacred! Wait a second… breweries. These lads are
making a serious political statement and they’re off for a slash up. You can tell they’re from
Yorkshire. [Rising electronic sounds of whim] Anyway, that’s enough hacking for now. It
feels like hacking sites in this way is a past-time we’ve let go of. A way of life that
we’ve replaced with social media and shouting into a void. It’s a shame, but at least we
can look back and re-live it through the magic of Youtube. Maybe if we had that in the 90s,
things would have been very different. I mean, for the one, the buffering times and quality
would have been utterly disastrous…. If you liked this video, please let me know
by thumbing up or down, our leaving a hack that you’ve heard of from the past and then maybe, we can look at some more top internet
hacks of the 90s. There’s certainly plenty more to see, let me tell you. and I’ve seen some horrible, horrible things…. *silence* *pulls self back together* errr, anyway… Thanks for watching, have a great evening. [Music to see you out friend]

100 thoughts to “Early Internet Hacks That Caused a Stir | Nostalgia Nerd”

  1. Remember, my time is valuable, and importantly, so is yours (don't let anyone tell you otherwise), so do something useful with it, rather than typing unhelpful comments.

    Also, let me know if you want to see some more internet hacks!

  2. The Labour website has a link for the text version at the top. Lol that isn't the text version? It's got like three images. It must blow kids' minds to see how basic the internet looked only 20 years ago.

    Oh, and that "Women" link sounds a bit suspect. Funny how it's the only thing that doesn't change (although what it links to might have had). A simple change to "Girls" could have worked though.

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  4. The first hack that made an impact was Robert Morris's Internet worm that attacked university computers in 1988. We had never seen anything like it and revealed a bunch of security holes that no one thought had been worth patching.

  5. First time a sponsor has really caught my eye!! Have tried and purchased Surfshark using your discount. High performance VPN with great policies… At less than £50 for 25 months. That was a bargain.

  6. Anyone (in the UK) remembers when the show Micro Live was hacked live before the camera? Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMuBH2aZbE the full episode. I'm lovin' it. [TM]

    This reference to the internet in the 90s is currently missing. Check back soon for a variety of Under Construction GIFs!

  8. To be fair, the y2k bug amounted to nothing due in large part to a huge number of hours of work put in to fix important legacy systems to make sure the y2k bug amounted to nothing.
    Implying we shouldn't have been concerned because nothing happened in the end is comparable to anti-vaxxer logic. Nothing happened because something was done about it.

  9. Can't remember if it was the very late 90's or early 2000's, and not so much a virus but a prank, where quite a few people got emailed that there's a virus on their computer called boot.ini. You must locate it through hidden files and folders. It said to delete it. So people did. And everything was fine…. until they reset their PC………..

  10. Y2K did very little?,. maybe that was because the previous 3 years before 2000 when I and several colleagues checked, tested and worked to provide solutions it helped stop potential issues in some way. It was a huge problem for a lot of important I.T. Infrastructure within the public services and commercially. Scoffing at the Y2k bug now is a bit like stating after the fact that "I was wearing a seat-belt but I did not go through the windscreen when I crashed, whats was the point of wearing a seat-belt?"

  11. Regarding the sponsor, if anyone can steal my identity and are able to get any loans, it would be a miracle! I’d gladly half it with them!

  12. If you want to do something about hacking in the 1980s I would recommend Karl Koch aka "Hagbard Celine". Its kind of an interesting rabbit hole. If you never heard of him here is the english wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Koch_(hacker) though information there is of course limited.

  13. Back in high school I'd hack and deface the personal pages of the douche bags who'd bully other kids. Back then just knowing someone's birthday could open so many doors into their Geocities accounts. One guy used his to store pictures his girlfriend took of him naked save the cowboy hat covering his junk. I put it on his index along with something like "I'm insert bully name and I treat people like shit because my family won't accept my choice to be a gay rodeo superstar.". Dude was a massive homophobe so I knew it would drive him insane. I heard he freaked out in his computer lit class and started accusing his equally douchey friends of doing it.

  14. Yeah, we should start back whats long gone trend to hack famous website just to share our thought instead just tweeting them.

  15. "Talking shit about the LAPD is restricted by law. We'll bust a cap in your ass if we catch you." Anyone else notice that? Lol

  16. My ex father in law was one of the "counter hackers" that brought down "The Legion of Doom"

    I had him tell me the story more than a few times. it was awesome

  17. I always enjoyed these videos, but the newer production style is just poor. It reminds me of the style many of the large YouTube content factories adopted with the much increased use of (mismatching and cringy) stock photography, blurry and overexposed screenshots from strange perspectives and filler material.

  18. The reason the y2k critter did very little was because of a lot of hard work by a lot of people to fix the way their programs dealt with the change from 99 to 00.

    It was a huge problem and because of the media focus on it, it helped get people off their arses to bother to fix it.

    I wonder why you're downplaying that.

    We're actually heading towards the next problem in 2070. When the UNIX time rolls over.

  19. I really really like your content and I enjoyed this video but please, please turn off your Pinterest extension next time.


  21. Saying nothing happened on Y2K is like the old joke about the sign warning people not to fall off the cliff. "We used to have a sign warning people not to fall off the cliff, but nobody fell, so we took it down." Y2K wasn't some mystical thing, systems DID fail, the only reason they didn't happen on a large scale is because… everyone was talking about it so people were doing something about it!

  22. I was enjoying it until the VPN advert… I am sick and tired of videos sponsored by VPN companies. Most people do not need a VPN, with HTTPS practically mandatory today and modern routers having properly configured firewalls, it's a joke. About the only times a general home user would need a VPN is if they are in a country like China where everything is monitored, or using public wifi.

    It's great for the government though, all they now have to do is monitor the VPN gateways in a nice centralized place where they only need one warrant, instead of hundreds of ISPs needing hundreds of warrants. Also a VPN doesn't stop you being tracked, please see: https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/browser-fingerprinting/, a VPN can NOT prevent browser fingerprinting.

  23. MOD and LOD didn't have an actual "war" it was more of LOD calling MOD racial slurs and trying to get info on them aswell as informing on other hackers while MOD were prank calling them.

  24. Jesus Christ, this video is practically unwatchable at points due to the amount of effects causing double-vision esque font overlap.

  25. Did hackers like these get anything positive done? Seems like their efforts were all in vain and there are better ways to affect change.

  26. "It was not the state that created the Internet, it was millions of individuals" Leave it to a conservative to not even know how governments work

  27. lol, always have to love that when the editing comes off a couple frames earlier than intended. Made me smile like an idiot though.

  28. here is a website with virtual machines that you can practice computer hacking on

    have fun and hack the planet

  29. Most people don't know that hacking is mostly throwing shit up in the air and see what sticks. Probing for vulnerabilities rather than just simply targeting someone specifically. In those days, Sites were just a victim of opportunity with the exception of poorly hosted websites of course.

  30. I love your channel sir but you really need to learn what video filters are for. They are meant to make things look BETTER not WORSE. Got it? Probably not (it's been how long now…) but OK… 😞 At least it's not as bad as your flat out offensive scanline filters. Just saying, you seem to love to do a lot of what most of your target audience hates as far as video editing goes. Want more subscribers, don't go out of your way to make your videos look worse, and save yourself some editing time to boot! No brainer?. Do you edit your own videos? If you don't, then that would explain a bit.

  31. I know he briefly touched on Mitnik's incarceration, but a video going farther into his life would be great as his case lead to updating a lot of laws and as well as new humanity laws not just in the USA but in other parts of the world as well!!! Yes, we all know about how he was locked up for two years without a trial, but the social effects that it had on an entire society!

  32. Websites used to be so ugly, but god is that better than every single god damn mainstream site that has the same layout they ripped off the same company with. Let’s go back

  33. It's mind blowing that some guy hacked a telephone using a whistle. This stuff is crazy & those old ass websites designs are so crap. Anyone witg basic knowledge in HTML could create that in no time so i wonder how look it took them to do it back in the days 🤔

  34. My time is Important.. so is yours. so why the "heck" shouldn't you kept this unmonetized,?? I wanted to offend you now… but every second of my time worth's so much more than this! :Þ
    Nice video, BTW.

  35. Hacking has been replaced in recent times by vandalizing websites such as wikipedia and posting things on the walls of strangers who forgot to log out of facebook at the library and calling it hacking.

  36. I think this is the first video i've seen thats been sponsored by Surfshark, it sucks that their chrome extension is broken on Brave Browser

  37. Holy shit that pro-Brexit argument from 1996 was based.

    I'd like to see his reaction now to how much the EU has changed just as he predicted. Post-Lisbon Treaty

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