|How did you acquire your nick?
xentric. Speaks for itself I guess...
What is your technical background? (Platforms,
I have always been fascinated with computers, electronic gadgets and
toys. When I got my first computer I got some experience with debugging
the games that I had. Then I got a real PC, only for playing games, but
that changed pretty soon when I found out that you could make some quick
and easy money with designing logos and making advertisement folders and
websites for companies. After doing this for a year I got bored with it
and wanted to do more with computers. I started an IT course where i learned
how to program in Pascal and C. On that school they also gave networking
classes on unix systems, and that's when the fun really started.
Estimate how much time your spend online a day.
During that time what activities do you perform?
I am connected 24/7 but I spend about 3-6 hrs a day behind the computer,
I'm connected to our IRC server most of the time and usually i'm looking
for stuff that interests me or i'm reading posts on messageboards that
I visit everyday. Hacking is kinda inbetween everything else...
Are you employed? If so what do you do for a living?
Nope, I'm in the final year of my aviation study. I'm currently studying
for my European Airline Transport Pilot Licence. But I'm keeping my hacking
skills sharp for the future, as pilots usually spend lot's of time in hotels
or layovers between flights it will open up some opportunities to do some
extra work as a security consultant.
Are you in a stable relationship?
No, not yet...
What kind of thrill do you get out of hacking?
What can I say, it's just that feeling when you finally get something
done. You put lot's of effort into some hacks and I feel a rush of excitement
whenever I succeed in doing something. What is the incentive that keeps
you doing it? Curiosity, but I guess that it's not so much "why do you
keep doing it" but more like something you just do whenever you want to,
just because you can. And you learn new things everyday.
Is that really worth staying up all night for?
I look at it like this, why go to bed if you are almost there !? When
I'm exited about something I can't sleep anyway. So it's no big deal to
skip a nights sleep for something fun.
What are you going to be doing in ten years?
Fly my ass off on the mayor airliners and do some IT security consulting
on the side. Plus a lot of hobby stuff like
programming, AI projects, robotics and building my own V12 monstercar.
All the stuff I really don't have time & money for at the moment.
What is it about the computer that makes it become
such an obsession?
I don't look at it as an obsession, more like a hobby and a certain
lifestyle. Computers are so integrated into my life that I can't imagine
life without it anymore.
How old are you?
What kind of education do you have?
Ordinary level, one year architecture, two years of IT, and US commercial
pilots licence and currently in the last year of my european ATPL course.
When was the first time you connected to the net?
Uhhh, a long time ago, after spending a night behind my friends internet
PC... The following day I just had to have
internet myself. I guess that was in 1994.
Do you drive a car? If yes what type then
Yes ofcourse, it's an 1986 BMW 325i. For european standards it has
lot's of power. 2.5 liter six cylinder, 170bhp. Okay, it looks old, it
smells, and it makes a lot of noize... But for $1200 you really can't get
more driving pleasure !
What was your first computer?
If you can call it a computer, a Binatone TV Master MK6 Game Console,
I think my parents bought it the same year I was born. I can still remember
playing pong with my dad. But my first real computer was an MSX with the
cassette-player and an old tv as monitor, after that I got a C64, a 386SX
33Mhz, a 486DX2 66Mhz, a Pentium 166Mhz, and finally my good old Pentium
233Mhz laptop. I also had some other computers to play with: Apple IIc,
Sinclair ZX Spectrum, 286 8Mhz and a huge IBM 5085 from a local shipyard.
Game consoles that I have had: NES, Atari Lynx, SNES and a Playstation.
What is the best website of the net?
There are lot's of really great sites, but my favorite is www.google.com
I always recommend that site to people who have lot's of questions :p
What is the worst website of the Internet?
What is your Favorite TV show?
Jackass on MTV!
What is your Favorite music?
Trance, dance, techno, industrial, goa, ambient... I also like the
Doors, Bob Marleye and lot's of other music. I've been a long time fan
of the Prodigy, Future Sound of London and Aphex Twin.
What is your motivation?
Once again, CURIOSITY !
What other hackers do you look up too?
Hmmz, there have been many great ones, but I really liked reading the
good old stories from the LoD with Prophet,
Terminus and a whole bunch of other oldskool hackers.
who are your role models (not people that hack)?
I don't need to be like someone else. I'll just be myself.
What computers do you have and what os's do you
run on them?
A laptop, Dell Latitude CP M233XT, 20Gb, with Windows and Linux on
Most people have a message that they are trying
to get across, do you have one, and what is it?
Yeah, be yourself, make yourself usefull and don't screw up other peoples
Do you belong to a group of hackers/crackers?
Do you only deface the website you cracked into
or do you use that computer for other hacking/cracking?
Usually I can't resist looking around for interesting stuff first,
as I mentioned I'm really curious. After that I deface it or leave a backdoor
so I can come back and use the system for other hacks.
What is your position on administrators contacting
you once you have defaced their site?
I'm always willing to help them out.
What reaction from an administrator surprised
you the most? (Job offer etc?)
It's not the reactions that suprise me, but the lack of effort they
put into securing their systems. Even when they have been hacked and defaced
they just keep ignoring the situation. That puzzles me everytime!
Are you afraid of going to jail?
No, but I have to be extra carefull because you don't get a job in
the aviation industry when you have a criminal record.
Are there other hacking/cracking groups that impress
you and why?
Yeah, there are many well coordinated crews who do a lot of spectacular
what hacking groups/hackers do you hangout with?
Just our own crew and some guys who hang around on our irc server,
but I also have lot's of friends who keep their eyes open for new stuff
and notify me when they find something cool.
what in your mind would be the ultimate defacement?
Uhh, something like putting the face of a person you really hate on
the "Top10 most wanted people" list on the FBI
website. Wouldn't that be nice!?
Do you feel that open source products are more
secure then closed source?
Open source has many advantages, as lot's of people can check it for
errors and notify the development team when
something is found they can easily fix many mistakes in a reasonably
short time. The open source community can take suggestions and improvements
from outsiders and independent people/teams can work on new additions,
features or concepts which can later be implemented or discarded at will.
Closed source has the advantage of people not being able to steal your
ideas and take away your profit. Security issues are dealt with internally
and don't have to be disclosed to the public, but this is generally a really
bad thing if a product can compromise the rest of the system. That's why
I still believe that companies who are running closed source servers/services
are just plain ignorant.
Do you use mailing lists that are full disclosure
(release exploits, source) to aid in hacking?
Yes, plus I read a lot on a couple of good forums where lot's of guys
post whatever interesting they can find. As I see it, keeping in touch
with lot's of people is a good way to have fun, and a group will always
be able to accomplish more than a single person.
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