2600 piece on the Voyager ILS
As technology is more and more the means of surveillance and control and not just information access and interaction, the role of the Hacker has become central to new scenarios of freedom and rebellion. That’s why I’ve always loved 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. I recently saw the Spring 2010 issue and was glad to see the journal is still being published.
I bring it to your attention now because that issue contains a one-page article (in print only) about the potential to hack Endeavor’s Voyager Library Information System. The article describes some of the data that should be accessible to a hacker with moderate skill. (The point of this article and many articles in 2600, and to a lot of what hackers do, is to point out security holes to the public, rather than to exploit them for private purposes, but it is conceivable that an ILS could be used by the state, and the PATRIOT Act certainly pushed in that direction.)