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The Mongoose

FBI Bust

Addr: All North County "Hackers"
From: The Mongoose
Subj: Recent FBI Raid
Date: Wednesday, December 25, 1985
Time: 07:03:01 p.m. PST

Situation:

Chase Manhattan Bank has its computer located in Waltham, Massachuttes. We will refer to the computer as the IDC (Interactive Data Corporation). IDC has had unauthorized entries into their system, starting around January 1985. These attempts continued, which were tying up phone lines, changing passwords, and threats of destruction to the database. These forced IDC to have the FBI investigate and set up a trap for the unauthorized calls. Narrowing it down, they found that almost all of the calls were originated from Southern California, mainly from North County. The FBI had AT&T put a trap the 1-800 line around the begining of July, 1985. They kept tract of calls going to the system, getting the phone number of the caller, the time, date, and duration of the call. Then the FBI checked IDC's records, and if the caller did not have an account with IDC, they were committing a federal crime. Thus, the FBI raided 23 homes, all juviniles, except for one adult on te night of October 15, 1985 at 7:30 p.m. They said it was a breakup of a "major hacking ring".

Law:

Yes, it is a federal crime to call an unauthorized 1-800 number. If you have any doubts, ask any DA. This law was passed in late 1984, stating that you can not call an 1-800 number without verbal or written permission. You say, "They are on T.V., magazines... They are free!" Not quite. You see, the people at the other end pay for all the times you call, or they pay a basic flat rate a month [pretty expensive]. T.V. and magazines publish 1-800 numbers because it is an excellent sales gimmick. Wo would call to New York to order an egg scrambler if you could go get one at K-Mart?The call itself would cost more than the egg scrambler [literally], so the 1-800 number just saves you the money for the long distance call. Sounds pretty stupid, eh?

There are no computer hacking laws in the entire American Law. Meaning, there have not been any laws passed against hacking, etc. The reason people get busted is by calling a numer, start fucking around, get the guy at the other end pissed, he calls the FBI, they set up a trap, you get caught, get probation, confiscation, and a federal record.

Involvement:

23 People; 22 juviniles, 1 adult [Yeah, I said if before]

All computer equipment, disks, paper, etc. were confiscated, and "hackers" were questioned.

The adult called IDC from work, thus losing his job.

On December 19th and 20th, 11 people got their stuff back, having the charges dropped.

At a "hacker get-to-gether", most of the people showed up with their parents [except for the adult, he came with his wife] and discussed what happened.

Some of the juviniles called 80-90 times a day, with access into the entire system, and calls up to 7-7.5 hours long.

Some people called only once, and still got busted.

Of all of the people at the meeting, I did not know any of them. Quite a few have heard of me, but them, ha!Never heard of any of them. The FBI said they broke up a "hacking RING" meaning all of us were in this together to destroy the bank. Shit, what assholes![IDC that is!]

AT&T:

Now, I don't care what you say, but if you think you know when you are being traced, you don't know what the fuck you are talking about. I remember the night I called, and nothing acted funny, I didn't get a bunch of inverse "@'s", my phone picked up slowly, made a lot of static, clicked a lot; NOTHING!So, if you still think that I am wrong, well, I'll tell you one thing, have you been busted by the FBI for hacking?If you haven't, and have heard strange sounds on the phone, then why aren't you in jail?All my computer friends [ha] say "Wow man, the feds are tracing me!", I just call them fucking dumbshits, and tell everyone in the entire school over the PA system that "JOHN DOE" doesn't know a thing about computers, even though what he says or does in computer class, like type "CATALOG" in . 002 of a second.

Yes, my phone was tapped, too. They told me so. The phone worked like the day I got it installed. You can't tell. It still works the same!

Finals:

You can see, I got my equipment back. I don't know if I am going to hack or phreak as heavily as I did, but I am seriously considering the field of programming. Maybe call a few local boards, but long-distance boards are OUT for me. This MCI and SPRINT shit is gonna come down on someone, and I know it will not be me. Yes, a 10 meg system was neat-o, but now, there are three 10 megs in my area, all the same wares, no big, the computer modem field is really for the 13 year olds. If you are (were) a hacker that got busted before, watch out!!!They are trying to set-up an "Adopt a Hacker" program for big companies with computers. I hope I get to go and scope out Chase Manhattan's big IDC computer. Good Luck!

If you want to try and squeeze more informaion out of me, [you can, there is sooooooo much more to this case!] just give me a ring at "The Twilight Zone" at 619/433-4653. Leave me mail, or tell the sysop, Xeon Knight [Cool] to give you a call, message, whatever.

Until Later,

The Mongoose

P.S.

Yeah, there is a lot more details, Mr. Spire!I can't include all of them, but if you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.

P.S.S.

Please watch out!It can get very rough!Getting busted is NOT fun.

-Case Closed-