CULT OF THE DEAD COW released Back Orifice 2000 at DEF CON 7, held in July 1999 at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas.
Withheld from the public for 20 years, this candid footage taken inside the Suite of the Elite provides an eyewitness glimpse of the final hours leading up to this unforgettable point in hacker culture.
Back during the days of media demonization of hackers, before industry embraced bug bounties, and before the mainstream adoption of Linux, cDc found a way to raise public awareness concerning the shocking state of security in Microsoft Windows.
Combining the various talents of many people, cDc created an over-the-top spectacle that drew the attention of media from around the globe. It remains to this day a legendary moment in hacker history.
Worth noting: according to documents later obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, cDc was under covert investigation by the FBI while this event was taking place.
And for the simple reason that BO2K's architecture allowed for encryption plugins (for example, it shipped with a 3DES plugin), cDc members ran the very real risk of being charged with violating federal export regulations. In fact, cDc's legal counsel specifically warned that the government had an unpredictable history of such prosecutions.
cDc is indebted to L0pht Heavy Industries, the Ninja Strike Force, the DEF CON Goons, Jeff Moss, as well as our families and friends.
Tequila Willy and THE NIGHTSTALKER are sorely missed.
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