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   >On Friday afternoon we were able to trace a call back to a person in

   the Warrnambool telephone district. The police have this persons name.

   We believe others are involved, as we have seen up to 3 people active

   at any one time. It is `suspected' students from RMIT and perhaps

   students from Deakin are also involved.

  

   >

  

   >When I left on Friday night, there was plenty of activity still and

   the police and Telecom were tracking down another number.

  

   >

  

   >Tomorrow morning I will talk to all parties involved, but it is

   likely we will have the names of at least 2 or 3 people that are

   involved. We will probably shut down access of `cappella' to AARNet at

   this stage, and let the police go about their business of prosecuting

   these people.

  

   >

  

   >You will be `pleased' (:-)) to know you have not been the only ones

   under attack. I know of at least 2 other sites in Victoria that have

   had people attacking them. One of them was Telecom which helped get

   Telecom involved!

  

   >

  

   >I will brief you all in the next day or so as to what has happened.

  

   >

  

   >Regards, Craig

  

   >

  

   The `other' people were, of course, the IS hackers. There is nothing

   like reading about your own hacking antics in some one's security

   mail.

  

   Mendax and Prime Suspect frequently visited ANU's computers to read

   the security mail there. However, universities were usually nothing

   special, just jumping-off points and, occasionally, good sources of

   information on how close the AFP were to closing in on the IS hackers.

  

   Far more interesting to Mendax were his initial forays into Telecom's

   exchanges. Using a modem number Prime Suspect had found, he dialled

   into what he suspected was Telecom's Lonsdale Exchange in downtown

   Melbourne. When his modem connected to another one, all he saw was a

   blank screen. He tried a few basic commands which might give him help

   to understand the system:

  

   Login. List. Attach.

  

   The exchange's computer remained silent.

  

   Mendax ran a program he had written to fire off every recognised

   keyboard character--256 of them--at another machine. Nothing again. He

   then tried the break signal--the Amiga key and the character B pressed

   simultaneously. That got an answer of sorts.