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   Alone in their separate homes on different corners of the globe, the

   four hackers chuckled to themselves.

  

   `Hello, and is this the man called Patrick?' Pad jumped in.

  

   `Well, Mr Spafford, it seems you're a right fucking idiot for not

   patching your FTP!' Gandalf proclaimed.

  

   `Not to mention the CHFN bug--saved by a Sequent! Or you'd be very

   fucking embarrassed,' Phoenix added.

  

   Phoenix was laughing too, but he was a little nervous about Pad's

   warning and he turned the conversation back to a serious note.

  

   `So, Pad, what else did Shatter tell you?' Phoenix asked

   anxiously.

  

   `Not much. Except that some of the security investigations might be

   partly because of UCB.'

  

   UCB was the University of California at Berkeley. Phoenix had been

   visiting machines at both Berkeley and LLNL so much recently that the

   admins seemed to have not only noticed him, but they had pinpointed

   his handle. One day he had telnetted into dewey.soe.berkeley.edu--the

   Dewey machine as it was known--and had been startled to find the

   following message of the day staring him in the face:

  

   Phoenix,

  

   Get out of Dewey NOW!

  

   Also, do not use any of the `soe' machines.

  

   Thank you,

  

   Daniel Berger

  

   Phoenix did a double take when he saw this public warning. Having been

   in and out of the system so many times, he just zoomed past the words

   on the login screen. Then, in a delayed reaction, he realised the

   login message was addressed to him.

  

   Ignoring the warning, he proceeded to get root on the Berkeley machine

   and look through Berger's files. Then he sat back, thinking about the

   best way to deal with the problem. Finally, he decided to send the

   admin a note saying he was leaving the system for good.

  

   Within days, Phoenix was back in the Dewey machine, weaving in and out

   of it as if nothing had happened. After all, he had broken into the

   system, and managed to get root through his own wit. He had earned the

   right to be in the computer. He might send the admin a note to put him

   at ease, but Phoenix wasn't going to give up accessing Berkeley's

   computers just because it upset Daniel Berger.

  

   `See,' Pad continued, `I think the UCB people kept stuff on their

   systems that wasn't supposed to be there. Secret things.'

  

   Classified military material wasn't supposed to be stored

   on non-classified network computers. However, Pad guessed that

   sometimes researchers broke rules and took short cuts because they