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Zardoz 'Security Digest'

Overview:

Name: Zardoz 'Security Digest'
Paternity: Neil Gorsuch
Propriety: Neil Gorsuch (23 January 1989 - 21 November 1991)
Spatiality: Uninet, Custom Product Design (Santa Ana, California, USA); ARPANET; UUCP
Temporality: 23 January 1989 - 21 November 1991
Artifacts: Archives (incomplete); Resources (incomplete)

Summary:

The earliest issue of the Zardoz 'Security Digest' on record is V1 #2 (23rd January 1989), and the last issue on record is V3 #15 (21st November 1991). It was simply known as the 'Security Digest', moderated by Neil Gorsuch and originated from uucp node 'zardoz'. It became generally known by the name 'Zardoz'.

Archives:

'Archive' (1989 - 1991, 62 items):
1989-01-23Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #2
1989-01-26Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #3
1989-01-30Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #4
not known Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #5
1989-02-07Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #6
1989-02-08Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #7
1989-02-08Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #8
not known Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #9(damaged)
1989-02-17Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #10
1989-02-27Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #11
1989-03-13Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #12
1989-03-17Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #13
1989-03-21Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #14
1989-03-27Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #15
1989-04-04Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #16
1989-04-06Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #17
1989-04-13Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #18
1989-04-17Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #19
1989-05-08Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #20
1989-05-18Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #21
not known Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #22(damaged)
not known Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #23(damaged)
1989-06-18Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #24
1989-06-27Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #25
1989-08-04Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #27
1989-08-16Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #29
1989-08-23Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #30
1989-08-28Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #31
1989-09-05Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #32
1989-09-15Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #33
1989-09-18Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #34
1989-09-27Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #35
1989-10-06Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #36
1989-10-20Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #37
1989-10-28Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #38
1989-11-03Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #39
1989-11-22Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #40
1989-11-28Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #41
1989-12-15Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #42
1989-12-26Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #43
1990-01-06Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #1
1990-01-11Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #2
1990-01-18Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #3
1990-01-25Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #4
1990-01-31Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #5
1990-02-26Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #7
1990-03-03Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #8
1990-03-11Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #9
1990-03-30Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #10
1990-04-13Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #11
1990-04-23Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #12
1990-05-06Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #13
1990-05-30Zardoz 'Security Digest' V2 #15
1990-12-06Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #1
1990-12-11Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #2
1990-12-16Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #3
1991-01-08Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #4
1991-03-05Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #7
1991-08-06Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #11
1991-09-13Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #12
1991-09-20Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #13
1991-11-21Zardoz 'Security Digest' V3 #15

Resources:

'Usenet':
1988-08-02: zardoz update (u.usa.ca.1)
1988-10-22: Re: Security Mailing List Still out there?
1988-11-03: Re: Proposal for comp.security/alt.security
1988-11-08: Re: RFC on Internet "Virus", Please
1988-11-11: Re: security mailing list musings
1988-11-15: Security fiction
1988-11-18: Re: Proposal for comp.security/alt.security
1988-11-22: Re: Proposal for comp.security/alt.security
1988-12-20: zardoz security mailing list status
1989-04-07: AIX 2.2.1 security alert and coverup
1989-04-13: Re: isis!security
1989-05-19: Re: News of the (secure) Unix security mailing list
1989-06-10: Re: Notifications for Network Viruses
1989-06-25: Re: Opinions on Solbourne computers wanted
1989-08-17: Re: the worm and internet security
1989-09-01: Changes to Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists
1989-10-09: Re: Security mailing list
1989-10-22: Re: sendmail/ftpd security-holes raise their ugly heads again...
1989-10-31: subscribing to the security list
1990-04-06: Re: Security, not obscurity.
1990-04-11: Re: CERT mailing list
1990-04-13: Re: Security, not obscurity, round II.
1990-04-13: Re: Security, not obscurity.
1990-04-14: Mr. zardoz (uninet.cpd.com) security list's thoughts
1990-04-23: Re: alt.security has been created
1990-04-23: Hypothetical Professional Hacker Network (was Re: alt.security has...)
1990-05-06: netstat problem
1990-05-07: IMPROVING THE SECURITY OF YOUR UNIX SYSTEM
1990-07-05: Re: user's aliases on the To: line (was: UUnet and munging headers.)
1990-12-05: Hmm...security-request@cpd.com ?
1991-01-16: Re: Security Mailing List? (neil's addess)
1991-07-26: RFC1244 - Site Security Handbook
1992-04-25: Sources For Help With System Administration
1993-02-08: UK List of Lists - group3
1993-07-21: Re: CERT Sun Security announcement
1993-07-22: Security mailing list: security-request@cpd.com
1993-08-31: Re: Security and the Underground
1993-11-07: Re: The latest CERT Advisory (Nov 4.)
1993-11-17: Where is UNIX Security Mailing List ??
1994-03-07: Re: [8lgm]-Advisory-Introduction
1994-03-10: Re: Sharing info (was Re: [8lgm]-Advisory-Introduction)
1994-05-16: Re: [8lgm]-Advisory-7.UNIX.passwd.11-May-1994
1997-12-10: I love timely and informative error messages
'Resources':
'Underground' - Chapter 5
<< Suelette Dreyfus & Julian Assange (ISBN 1 86330 595 5). June 1997. >>

Chapter 5 contains an account of Phoenix and Electron's escapade to obtain a copy of the Zardoz archive from Melbourne University in the early 1990's.
'Underground' - Dialcom Security Discussion extract
<< Various (X.25 network administrators). 1988-1990. >>

Mail archives of an extended discussion between various X.25 network administrators between 1988 and 1990 regarding hacker activity on international X.25 networks including DIALCOM, BT GOLD, OTC TELENET, PRIMECOM, TELEBOX, GOLDNET, CSC INFONET, TYMNET. Most of the hacking activity seems to have been the result of PHEONIX and ELECTRON of THE FORCE (originating from Australia). Members of THE FORCE were successfully prosecuted in the early 1990s, much of which is documented in The Underground.
'Underground' - Review: Danny Yee
<< Danny Yee. 1997 >>

A review of the book 'Underground'.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Film Australia
<< Kevin Anderson (Director). 2002. >>

Film Australia docu-drama about the exploits of Electron and Phoenix in 1989, as they 'stole a restricted computer security list and used it to break into some of the world's most classified and supposedly secure systems'.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Article: Breaking into The Realm
<< Nathan Cochrane, The Age. May 2003. >>

An article covering Kevin Anderson's docu-drama, which refers to the Underground book, and the Zardoz digest.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Article: Hack to the future
<< James Norman, The Age. May 2003. >>

An article covering Kevin Anderson's docu-drama, which refers to the Underground book, and the Zardoz digest.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Article: On the trail of hackers anonymous
<< Rebecca Urban, The Age. May 2003. >>

An article covering Kevin Anderson's docu-drama, which refers to the Underground book, and the Zardoz digest.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Article: We gave birth to hackers
<< Greg Thorn, Herald Sun. May 2003. >>

An article covering Kevin Anderson's docu-drama.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Overview: True Stories
<< Australian Broadcasting Corporation. May 2003. >>

An overview of Kevin Anderson's docu-drama, with notes from the director.
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Extract (video): 'Stealing Zardoz from the CSIRO'
<< Kevin Anderson (Director). 2002. >>

Electron and Phoenix's theft of a copy of Zardoz from the CSIRO while being monitored by the Australian Federal Police. (MPEG-I VIDEO: 16.5MB, 352x288-16KHz/96kbps)
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Extract (audio): 'Stealing Zardoz from the CSIRO'
<< Kevin Anderson (Director). 2002. >>

Electron and Phoenix's theft of a copy of Zardoz from the CSIRO while being monitored by the Australian Federal Police. (MPEG-3 AUDIO: 2.6MB, 16KHz/96Kbps)
'In the Realm of the Hackers' - Extract (image): 'Stealing Zardoz from the CSIRO'
<< Kevin Anderson (Director). 2002. >>

Electron and Phoenix's theft of a copy of Zardoz from the CSIRO while being monitored by the Australian Federal Police. (PDF document)
Cybernarks - Who's hunting the Hackers
<< Jeanne-Vida Douglas. October 2001. >>

Article about individuals investigating computer hackers, includes discussion about open/closed nature of the Zardoz list.
LOD Phoenix Project BBS Message Base File 3
<< Various. 1990. >>

Archive of this BBS message base includes discussions about Zardoz, and in particular, the attempts by Phoenix to obtain copies of the Zardoz digest.
Phrack V4 N43 #4 - IF SECURITY TYPES WERE K-RAD
<< Phrack Magazine. July 1993. >>

Parody of well-known computer security personalities, including suggestion that more crackers have Zardoz lists than security types do.