Old Stuff

I was busy in the process of sorting out really old stuff I keep accumulated, and I found a very old, yellow piece of paper cut out of a newspaper in the very old time where in Italy we had no Internet available for home use, and BBS were our “communities”. “The Net” was the telephone network, eventually with dial-in gateways to the public italian X.25 network: ITAPAC. At that time my NEW (and expensive) modem was a 2400baud which could also do 9600 with compression!
As far as I remember the event described in this article was the first real case of “hacking” being prosecuted in italy. It was January, 21st 1993.
I have scanned the article (sorry it’s in Italian) and I posted it here.

The operation is also described in the following two papers:

All of this made me think how the history evolved, and which the important events have been in the “hacking” or “security” scene, even at that time when that (security) was not a fashion like it is now.

After that event, we see, the year after, a massive seizing of devices, that someone has compared to “the hacker crackdown” happened in America in 1992.
Even a chapter of a book has ben published on the matter:

Those were really different times!

One thought on “Old Stuff

  • August 5, 2003 at 11:24 am

    Wow…what a jump in the history…I personally knew the guy involved in that case in 1993. Much things have changed since then, but security is still more an attitude than a technology and attitudes cannot be easily purchased…

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