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25 years of Phrack magazine into an ebook
I've converted all 25 years of Phrack magazine into an ebook suitable for viewing on e-readers:
The conversion wasn't perfect; text and code are fine but some of the ascii diagrams have been horribly mangled. I outright stripped base64-encoded tgz/png. This is a work in progess; I will update it whenever I feel like some heart-withering text-processing.
If you would like to roll your own version, download the epub generation code from here or preview it on pastebin. It should run on all *nix distros with the requisite Perl modules.
I created the .mobi from the epub using Kindlegen, but there are various other tools available.
Redistributed with permission. Rights remain with Phrack.org
update #1: I have manually added issue 68 to the download. The generation code should work once Phrack updates p68.tar.gz
update #2: Fixed a zip layout mistake that broke compatibility with Stanza
Phrack is an ezine written by and for hackers first published November 17, 1985. Described by Fyodor as "the best, and by far the longest running hacker zine," the magazine is open for contributions by anyone who desires to publish remarkable works or express original ideas on the topics of interest. It has a wide circulation which includes both hackers and computer security professionals.
Originally covering subjects related to phreaking and telephone system hacking, anarchy and cracking, the articles also cover a wide range of topics including computer and physical security, hacking, cryptography and international news.
Phrack "has had its finger on the pulse of hacker culture", and is considered both a handbook and a manifesto for hackers.
Phrack, first released on November 17, 1985, takes its name from the words "phreak" and "hack". The founding editors of the magazine, known by the pseudonyms "Taran King" and "Knight Lightning", edited most of the first 30 editions. Editions were originally released onto the Metal Shop bulletin board system, where Taran King was a sysop, and widely mirrored by other boards.
During its first 10 years of publication, Phrack has been largely associated with the telecommunications fraud, providing material for phreakers and informing about arrests in this community through the Phrack World News feature articles. Along with the release of articles such as Smashing The Stack For Fun And Profit and the editorship of daemon9/route in 1996, Phrack became more computer security oriented and closer to the now given definition of hacking.
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