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Hacker Photos, 1990-1993 —

While adding a bunch of CD-ROM images to the site, I found one of them, “Forbidden Subjects 3”, contained a nice selection of “Hacker GIFs”, otherwise known as “Photos”. These all date to the 1990-1993 period and appear to be primarily from ATDT, a hacker BBS in Massachusetts that was one of the inspirations for what would eventually become “The L0pht”.

Here is the Flickr set. I haven’t particularly made an effort to remove duplicates from other sets I have, because I think this collection is best served whole.

People have a lot more hair, seem a lot thinner, and seem enormously harmless. It’s looking through these, I think, we see how silly the “Cyberwarrior” threat matrix starts to seem.

See if you can find Joe Grand, of Grand Idea Studio.

There’s a lot of great memories here.

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  1. Chris says:

    “People have a lot more hair, seem a lot thinner, and seem enormously harmless.”

    Hey, I saw a photo of the infamous “Agent Steal” in that set. I wouldn’t trust that guy with, well, anything.

  2. Flack says:

    Glad you got some use out of those CDs. Believe it or not, I think I bought that one at Comdex. I’m not sure if I expected it to unlock the secret world of hacking or not … but it didn’t. I bought several of those CDs shortly after adding a SCSI six disc CD changer to my BBS. Each drive showed up as a different drive letter, and those CDs were a quick and easy way to add lots of downloadable files to the board.

  3. Ah, the memories! Nothing like seeing myself at 16 to make me feel old. I had no idea that those ended up on some CD. 🙂