Revenge of the Hacker


Richard was a normal looking kid, he did a lot of the same things that the other kids did, hung out with friends and talked his way out of the occasional trouble he got in, much like a lot of guys his age. Richard went to Dolton public high school and just about everyone knew him by name. He did a mediocre job and was often content with getting good grades on tests and paying no attention whatsoever to homework. Although everyone in school thought they knew just about everything thing about the life of Rich, they where seriously mistaken. There was a very important aspect of Rich’s life that many people had no idea existed, because he was afraid to tell people thinking that they would not understand even if he did. What is this mysterious characteristic you ask?, almost every day when Rich finished with the tyranny of school he went home to practice the main ceremony to this "secret life." He would get comfortable turn on the TV or radio and become an instant celebrity around the world. Rich was a computer "hacker." Known to all those brave souls who dared the "information highway" as Hax0r, Rich would penetrate computer systems locally and around the world. Never malicious in his endeavors he sat back and explored what seemed to be another dimension to the every day "lamer." Rich was not alone on his journey’s though. He had four friends from school that accompanied him. These friends where just about the only people that knew about his Internet secrets and every day these four met on a chat service called IRC that stood for Internet Relay Chat. Always the same nicknames, always the same chat channel. The stage was set for the most fun anyone in the world could have, or so though Rich and his buddies. In the channel of friends course there was Richard the master of hacking access to a place. When on the Internet Rich used the nickname Hax0r. Also included in the gang was also the man with the fastest computer Chris, who used the nickname |-Rage-| Chris’s specialty was in the art of Warez, or getting software for the gang for free. Then there was Brian, who probably the most all around handy with computers, he used nickname Number9. Another inclusion in the gang was the ever studious Mike who’s nickname was Phaser, Mike was a really good asset to the team when it came to scanning images, and helping with the occasional hardware problem they would run into. The very newest addition to the group, Tyler, used Z3r0 as his nickname Tyler was a pretty 0good programmer and also knew his way around a UNIX system.
One seemingly normal day as they all sat back at the terminals each almost simultaneously popping open a "Jolt Cola," something very abnormal happened. Suddenly they all read the same message at the same time on their computers "Connection to host lost, account terminated." Being as hyped up on caffeine as they where they quickly reacted by calling each other. Since they all had call waiting they all got through. After a little "bitching" about what just happened they came to the conclusion that they must call the System administrator of the Internet service provide to which they all subscribed. After "bitching" once more about who would make the important call they all decided that Rich would do it. So Rich picked up the phone and dialed the service phone number to Link Net. After about three rings the women who owned Link Net, Mich, picked up the phone. "Yes can I help you" said Mich. "Ya how ya doing this is Rich Doom calling about service failure". So Rich explained what happened to Mich and she in turn explained that the service to the boys was cut off because they took over the Chat channel that belonged to Mich. Along with that ludicrous reason was also given the fact that they had used "explicit" language while talking "privately" with each other on their own channel. But it didn’t end there, about three days later the boys all came home from school only to find a