Again, we want to thank everyone for all the support in
these difficult times.
Here are the latest updates:
The new issue (Winter) is now finished and on its way to
be printed. How long it takes to get on the stands is
directly proportional to how fast and how much we can pay
the people involved. Right now, we have one hell of a
challenge in order to pull this off as we aren't expecting
ANY distributor payments until mid March. So the only way
this issue will be printed on schedule is if we raise money
before then. If you want to help, the ONLY way to help us is
to buy things - we don't accept donations unless we get to
give you something back. And there's a lotta crap lying
around here just waiting to be sold. Check our info section
for full details.
When will this be over? Come July we are expecting full
payment for an issue for the first time in well over a year.
How much this will be is directly related to how well the
issue currently on the stands sells. If it does well, we
should be fully recovered by then.
Some clarifications: Despite being as up front and clear
about this as we know how, people are still misreading the
facts. The problems we are having were NOT caused by
our publisher (we are the publishers, after all) or our
printers (who are probably the most patient people in the
world), but rather by one of our distributors. Read previous
posts for all of the details. Second, and most importantly,
we are not the ones who went bankrupt! How people are
able to read that into what we've been saying is beyond
us. When you go around spreading false facts like that, it
causes an incredible amount of harm since people have
this thing about ordering things from bankrupt
organizations. We have filled every order we have
received - in fact, our turnaround time has been cut in half
in recent months. And, even though we are now entering
the hardest part of this entire mess, only our printers and
our staff have not been paid on time. Everything else is
We've been swamped with people who want to help out
with the web site. Some projects have already been
completed, such as the html versions of Phrack which are
now up (apparently such a good idea that now the Phrack
people are doing it themselves!) and the new Kevin
Mitnick updates. This is only the beginning.
We are working on many new ideas and we would like
more input and participation from anyone out there
interested in helping. Among these ideas: web pages for
all of the 2600 meetings around the world, maintained by
people in each of the cities; quicker and more thorough
coverage of hacked web sites; a "hacker wire" news
service that will instantly disseminate news of interest to
the hacker community; and more varied types of
information from a variety of sources.
In order to do things like this, we naturally need people
who are interested in gathering information and
maintaining sections. Again, if you want to help out, email
email@example.com and we'll get back to you if there's a
project that fits what you're interested in and capable of
We are also looking for a new host for the site as we
seem to be outgrowing our current one. It appears that we
need a minimum of a T1 for all of the traffic we're getting.
Any and all help/suggestions will be welcomed.