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June 27, 2006

Eyeballing Rob Levin

Filed under: bantown, internet — antisec @ 7:44 pm

[posted to the Full-Disclosure mailing list]

Odds are you’ve at least heard of Rob Levin (aka lilo), the director of Texas 501(3)(c) corporation Peer-Directed Projects Center. He’s been aptly mentioned in the Register as a “professional online beggar” and the incompetence with which he runs the Freenode IRC network has been aired many a time on popular blogs like Slashdot. In the past week, a group of hackers took over the Freenode IRC network by sniffing lilo’s *@*-bound oper block password off the wire, a gaping security issue that could have been resolved via many different means– an SSL port on a single freenode server for lilo to use, lilo sshing to a server and IRCing from localhost, or the binding of his oper block to his home host. This was proof enough for me that lilo is an idiot that wasn’t capable of running an IRC for a small group of friends, much less one hosting hundreds of open-source projects.

But what of lilo himself? Is he really this benevolent, though sometimes incompetent dictator he makes himself out to be? After the Freenode fiasco, I decided to poke around lilo’s personal life and get a glimpse of his character. The results are quite hilarious.

Everyone knows lilo lives in a trailer. He flaunts his existence as white trash with glee and twisted pride, playing the part of a martyr for the cause of open source software. He constantly talks about how poor and beaten down he is, despite having the leisure time to spend eleven hours a day chatting on the Internet. The address listed on the domain is indeed a trailer. Some quick poking around the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts shows the truth. That address is an office to which the business is registered, and the registered agent is Robert Levin of 9212 Burdine St, an apartment building in Houston.

For a man who claims to be such a martyr for open source development he has done almost nothing to advance it. He has never made any notable commits to open source projects. He has done almost nothing at all. The man is in his fifties and has nothing notable on his resume — a long history of manual labor and office tasks for monkeys. The truth about Rob is that he cannot code. His support of open source is limited to idly chatting away on IRC.

Rob and his wife both suck at the teat of the federal government by collecting disability. They both claim to have ADHD so intense that it prohibits them from holding a job. During the day, they go to the PDPC trailer to chat on IRC and answer phonecalls. Two disability checks and PDPC donations add up. Enough to pay for not only a reasonable apartment and the PDPC trailer, but for a Hispanic nanny to take care of their son and clean their house during the day (I would cite her name, address, and phone number but I do not feel it fitting that he should be harassed). Not only do they not feel it fitting to work at any task whatsoever, but they can’t even raise their child and clean up for themselves.

Personally I have supported open source with my blood, sweat, and tears. I work at least forty hours a week in a cubicle much smaller than Rob Levin’s trailer and go home to spend several more hours coding for projects that I feel are worthwhile. I do this not for personal gain, but to fight against a system of intellectual property law which I find overzealously rewards the rich and powerful. I’m not going to mention my name, but a good many of you know it. I’ve put commits into major operating systems and household name daemons.

Lilo is a fraud. He is a huckster that steals money that could be going to legitimate open source development. There are countless programmers with real, valuable talent who choose to work hard for the greater good rather than spending all their time selling their talents to the highest bidder. Lilo has no talent and epitomizes the kind of vile, undisciplined leech that I spend my time working against.

To the FOSS world: Do yourselves a favor and move to EFnet, Undernet, OFTC, anything but Freenode. EFnet now has chanfix and has not been a lawless packeteer playground for several years. The days of channel wars on EFnet are over. It also handles three times the traffic of Freenode without major incident.

Don’t believe me about Rob Levin? I pulled all his information from public record in the past twenty-four hours. Poke around his life and see for yourself:

Rob’s federal employer identification number is 74-3033697
The address officially listed for pdpc is 10100 main street #31 houson tx 77025.
Phone number for pdpc officially listed is 713-589-5863.
Rob’s ssn is 462 13 0351.
PDPC’s 11-digit texas state taxpayer number 32004514421
Rob’s apartment is at 9212 BURDINE ST. #1005 HOUSTON, TX 77096.
12-16-1955 is Rob’s birthday


January 5, 2006

Stop aiding an industry which just hurts humanity.

Filed under: bantown — antisec @ 12:49 am

[posted to the full-disclosure mailing list]

“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.” –Edward Gibbon

We stand at the cusp of a renaissance. A freely communicating humanity is closer to unity and harmony than ever before. Never before have ideas and knowledge traveled so rapidly. If not for the Internet, little would be known about the atrocities our government attempts to commit in secret. All the American people would be able to read is the party line off of cable television. With a morally bankrupt media, the Internet is the key to any sort of democratic resistance. Thanks to the Internet, we may view photos of American caskets, wounded Iraqis, and internal government memos. The priveledge of viewing and knowing these things is easily lost.

We approach the final hour of the free Internet. As I write, forces within our society are beginning to impose control and restriction onto it. If these forces are not turned back, I know that within a decade that the free world’s Internet will be a mix of cable television and the supressed Chinese Internet. As a beggar, I present myself with the humility that my lowly position deserves. My plea is simple: stop publishing your vulnerabilities. We will need them.

I want my children and their children to have access to truth. Not just my truth, or my government’s truth, but all the other truths in the world as well.

I want us to be able to communicate easily and safely about the actions of our government.

I want the merits of the Internet to progress in form and finesse until we are ready to cast the criminals, thugs, and mammonites out power all over the world.

A secure Internet is an Internet without freedom, without privacy, and without anonymity. The nature of security is control. Were we to be governed by the just, I would worry little about this situation. Sadly, the political systems of the first world have been perverted by an evil which ensures that none who do not share its nature hold office.

Submitting yourself to a secure system requires that we have a reasonable amount of trust for the system’s keepers. Does your current government have the ideal qualities needed to control the flow of information? We should be keeping everything which may allow us to circumvent the system guarded closely. The subversion of trusted resources will eventually be the only way to keep forbidden information in mass circulation and the primary means of resistance against tyranny.

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” –Samuel Adams

If you place any value on freedom, then stop working for the oligarchy and start working against it. I’ll admit, subversion does not pay well. It isn’t quite as cushy as the six figure job I passed up, but it has a great benefit: I can sleep at night. I’m not aiding a set of corporations and a government which used unethical means to corner vast amounts of wealth and proceeded to flagrantly abuse their power. The reward for doing what is right is better than any earthly reward that I could receive.

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

To the employees of the biggest security firms of the world, all American, I want you to stop and look at the government of your country. You have an administration which has gone and invaded countries on a whim, which authorizes torture that is conducted in secret, which has less transparency than any government in recent memory, that places extreme emphasis on executive power… the countless historical comparisons that could apply here are obvious so I need not make them. This administration is a perfect example of the type of systemic corruption that is inevitable due to the very nature of power, of control, and yes, of security. People like this will soon be deciding the fate of the Internet.

When engaging in reasonable political discourse is not allowed you are going to be wanting to take your freedom back.

It is time for the last stand. Our mission is to retain the right to freely think, code, and communicate. Stop helping the industry, stop publishing your 0day, start working to make a real difference. Save your arms for the time very soon in which we will need them. Have faith in your self and your God and good works will come. We need not be slaves to a master that despises us!

Non-disclosure is a heroic endeavor. Be a hero.

Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth, intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity. Above all, it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of self-help… – Gandhi

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December 18, 2005

BANTOWN PRESENTS: Eleatic thought and hacker ethics

Filed under: bantown — antisec @ 9:19 pm

[posted to the ‘full-disclosure’ list]

Because of my philosophical leanings, I have made the assumption that freedom of speech and expression is an inalienable right granted by nature’s God. I have made the extension to this statement that the freedom to write code and execute your code is an extension to free speech. Fascists that may disagree with my statements may go ahead and skip this post.

Now, let us say you have a machine connected to the Internet. It is impossible, by this computer’s very nature, for it to do anything that is was not programmed to do. It takes in the data that it is given, processes it according to deterministic rules, and returns output that it could not possibly have deviated from. This process may be so complex that it appears to be stochastic, but it is nonetheless deterministic and we should not pretend it is anything but. This deterministic sequencing extends far beyond just your computer. If every element in a system is deterministic, then the whole system itself is deterministic. The entire Internet is a single, uninterrupted deterministic state machine.

I present to you the Eleatic school of hacker ethics.

The Internet is public property. No establishment has a right to own it, subvert it, subject it, or rule over it. It extends beyond race, nationality, religion, or geopolitical agreement. Now that we understand that the Internet is a single deterministic machine, we may approach this situation with logic and reason as opposed to knee-jerk reactionary idiocy. When connected to the Internet, your computer becomes a part of this deterministic machine. It is impossible for your computer to execute any code which it has not been programmed to execute. If your computer has been programmed to accept my arbitrary code, then there is no moral or ethical violation committed when I introduce my code to yours.

If you download and execute my code, you have done so willingly.

If your daemon executes my code after I introduce it in a manner that is innovative and unique, then your daemon has done exactly what it has been programmed to do.

You don’t want me to execute my code inside your code? Then keep your machine out of OUR deterministic state machine. Keep it on your own private network, so that someone will have to commit a real honest-to-God crime like breaking and entering to have access to it. The minute you connect it to a public network, it becomes connected to all of us through the 0 and 1.

Whitehats will try to play games and act like they’re the good guys. They will tell you that people who commit “computer crimes” are organized crime types who are out to empty your grandma’s bank account. Their arguments are bullshit. No doubt that emptying someone’s bank account is a serious crime, but we have real laws to punish this. The laws that we have made to punish “information crimes” are merely laws against thoughtcrime. It is impossible to commit crimes that extend solely in the wired.

Take a look at what your governments are doing. The majority of whitehats are employed in the US, where they have a leader that willingly and openly defies the fourth amendment of their constitution. They have a corporate oligarchy where a select few families get to control ninety-nine percent of the public funds and purposefully impoverish the working and intellectual classes. Things are only marginally brighter in the rest of the first world. This is your idea of a utopia, the system that you want to perpetuate indefinitely? Do you really want the tyrants in this new Rome to reign a thousand years like the last one did? I sure don’t, so stop preaching to me a bunch of bullshit about rule of law.

Wake up.

Stop working for these oligarchs that despise you. Band together, because at this point all that keeps the oligarchs in power is control over the ones and zeros. We have a power to change them for the better, a chance to make a lasting contribution to humanity.

You can be a hero in the manner of Plato, of Socrates, of Pappus, Pascal, Parmenides and Zeno. You can change the world. All you need is to cast off the shackles that your masters have put on you!

Be fearless.

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