Just How Easy it Really is
Earlier yesterday (6.18.99), a hacker known as "ne0h" set out to show how easy hacking can be. Playing on his own dislike for the recent media attention Forpaxe has received, ne0h targetted servers previously defaced by the group.
In the past few months, Forpaxe has gained international press by defacing many government and military systems. Forpaxe messages have been honest in saying "no message, no morals", indicating they do not rely on any excuses for their activity. Recent defacements by the group have been focusing on insulting the FBI after recent high profile raids of suspected hackers in the U.S.
Beginning earlier this afternoon, ne0h began scanning the servers previously defaced by Forpaxe in an effort to learn more about how they operate. "I was curious why people thought they were skilled, so I decided to see for myself." ne0h commented.
Throughout the day, ne0h defaced the servers one by one replacing each web page with his own comments about Forpaxe. In a matter of hours, ne0h successfully defaced 9 of the servers previously altered.
After the eigth reported hack, ATTRITION staff caught up with ne0h on EFNet IRC and asked a few questions:
(attrition) how do you feel about forpaxe?
[ne0h] I think they are a bunch of skilless, worthless, stupid, ignorant kids who need to be taught how to use a computer properly. At least know what your doing before you go 'hack' other systems.
(attrition) why do you dislike them?
[ne0h] I dislike them because they think they are hotshots in the world, that they are the elite. They don't even have a 'e-l-i-t or e' in their mental vocabulary. They are clueless.
(attrition) why are you doing all these defacements?
[ne0h] Im doing the defacements to show the world, and all the other kids who think Forpaxe is a bunch of talented, and skilled hackers, that all they are are worthless browser hackers and have nothing to proove but how stupid they really are.
(attrition) do you plan to do more regarding forpaxe and defacements?
[ne0h] "Yes, I think it's necassary to put forpaxe in their place, nothing but down."
The most 'outspoken' hack was done yesterday (6.17.99), and included an incredibly detailed list of information on Forpaxe, their hacks, and even included a small survey done by ne0h. The server 'www.flavoredthunder.com' was found with the details outlining:
Who is F0rpaxe?
Why are they here?
Are they talented?
Are they hackers?
This level of detail paints a much different picture than mainstream media
has picked up on.
According to ne0h, not only does he deface the page, he patches the holes used to gain access to the servers. Not only does he fix the hole, but each admin is left a nice note explaining how the machine was compromised, a sort of lesson taught by ne0h. In doing so, administrators can hopefully stay safe from hackers looking for a quick way in.
Early this morning Forpaxe responded with the defacement of a Naval server and Denial of Service attacks against several other Portugese servers. M1crochip of Forpaxe claimed www.expresso.pt, www.jnoticias.pt, www.gdp.pt, and www.expo98.pt were down due to FOrpaxe attack. Among other things, the altered Navy page included "fight for something that is important. F0rpaxe isn´t important. FBI is. Fight against him, not us. We have never been against ne0h.."
Forpaxe couldn't be reached for further comment.