January 11, 2006

Trivia Time

Sumo Man, this one is for you!

Q1. According to Swedish folklore, they were a race of short people (probably escaped slaves) who used to live in Scandinavia. They cultivated land which others felt could not be used easily and lived in homesteads called hackehemman. Name this race that eventually died out.

A. Hackers

Q2. This hacker enjoyed a particular Russian author's seemingly absurd yet insightful Notes from Underground and used the author's first name as his handle. He is one of the authors of a work of fiction titled Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent and his character (called Sendai) specializes in using Nmap, Hping2, Ndos, and similar tools to exploit network configuration and software vulnerabilities commonly found in the wild. Name the hacker.

A. Fyodor, of Nmap fame.

Q3. This hacker claims that at one time he was held in solitary confinement for 8 months because a guard convinced the authorities he could cause a nuclear attack by whistling into a phone. He is the author of two books on computer security: The Art of Intrusion and The Art of Deception and is the central figure in the books Takedown and The Fugitive Game. Who?

A. Kevin Mitnick

Q4. The name for this Hacker quarterly was derived from the fact that phreakers in the 1960s found that the transmission of a particular frequency tone over a long-distance trunk connection gained access to "operator mode" and allowed the user to explore aspects of the telephone system that were not otherwise accessible. Name the magazine.

A. 2600

Q5. This hacker found that the toy whistle that came with boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal could be easily modified to emit a tone at the frequency mentioned in the previous question. Experimenting with this whistle resulted in this hacker building a blue box. He is known to have taught phone phreaking to Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. How do we better know this hacker?

A. John T Draper a.k.a Captain Crunch

Q6. A Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM 102 promised that the 102nd caller would win a Porsche 944 S2. This gentleman hacked phone lines to radio station, ensuring that he would be the "lucky" 102nd caller. When he was featured on Unsolved Mysteries, a reality crime-solving show, the program's 1-800 number mysteriously went dead just as his picture came on the screen. He later joined SecurityFocus and sources close to SecurityFocus claim that on a clear day, a passer-by could see a jaunty red Porsche parked outside the SecurityFocus compound. Who?

A. Kevin Poulsen, a.k.a Dark Dante

Q7. In 1990, this co-founder of Phrack was prosecuted for stealing the E911 (Enhanced 911) document from BellSouth and publicly distributing it online. BellSouth claimed that the document was worth $80,000. They later dropped the charges when it was revealed that the document (initially described as source code, it was in fact a memorandum) could be ordered from Bell for $13. Name the person.

A. Craig Neidorf a.k.a Knight Lightning


At 12:30 PM, Blogger sid said...

hi sumit

how you doing these days! visited your blog after long time... good set of questions

Ans1 Scandinavians
Ans2 fyodor
Ans3 Kevin Mitnic( Mitnick was convicted of wire fraud and of breaking into the computer systems of Fujitsu, Motorola, Nokia, and Sun Microsystems and he served five years in prision, including the solitary confinement

will answer others later .... in hurry rite now ..btw how many i hav to answer to claim my book ;)

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Sumo said...

hackers, phrack, Kevin Mitnick and Kevin Poulsen are all I could get.

Last year I wrote a post about hackers of yesteryears and what they are doing now. (took it from wired, which Poulsen is editing now).

Also took a mit openware computer networking course on-line, conducted by Prof. Morris.

Nice quiz ...

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Dhar said...


Can you send me the link to the MIT course. And was this Prof. Morris the one of the Morris worm fame? :)


At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Rohit J said...

yes. yes.


Distributed Somputer Systems

This is not an on-line course but an actual
classroom course. You can follow up with
labs and classnotes on-line. Takes about 3


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