Legion of Doom (hacking)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other uses, see Legion of Doom (disambiguation).
Legion of Doom
aka LOD & LOD/H
Formation 1984[1]
Extinction 1990[1]
Purpose Hacking
Location
Origin MUHS 9th Hour
Founders Lex Luthor
Products LOD Technical Journals
Affiliations Masters of Deception
MindVox
Cult of the Dead Cow

The Legion of Doom (LOD) was a hacker group active from the 1980s to the late 1990s and early 2000. Their name appears to be a reference to the antagonists of Challenge of the Super Friends. LOD was founded by the hacker Lex Luthor, after a rift with his previous group the Knights of Shadow.

At different points in the group's history, LOD was split into LOD and LOD/LOH (Legion of Doom/Legion of Hackers) for the members that were more skilled at hacking than pure phreaking. The overall beliefs of LOD and MOD (Masters of Deception) were different, but it can be difficult to untangle the actions of the members since there was a cross-over between the two groups.

Unlike the hacking group MOD, there were different opinions regarding what the Legion of Doom was. LOD published the Legion of Doom Technical Journals and contributed to the overall pool of hacking knowledge. They considered themselves not causing any direct harm to the phone systems and computer networks they took over. Still, many LOD members were raided and prosecuted for causing alleged damage to systems (Grant, Darden and Riggs, etc.).

History[edit]

During the summer of 1984 an idea was formulated that would ultimately change the face of the computer underground forever. This particular summer, a huge surge of interest in computer telecommunications placed an incredibly large number of new enthusiasts on the national computer scene. This crowd of people all seeking to learn as much as possible began to put a strain on the nation's bulletin board scene, as the novices stormed the phonelines in search of knowledge. From out of this chaos came a need for learned instructors to help pass on their store of information to the new throngs.

In 1984, one of the most popular bulletin boards of the day was a system in New York state called Plover-NET, which was run by a person who called himself Quasi-Moto. This BBS was so heavily trafficked, that a major long distance company began blocking all calls to its number (516-935-2481). The co-sysop of Plovernet was a person known as Lex Luthor. At the time there were a few hacking groups in existence, such as Fargo 4A and Knights of Shadow. Lex was admitted into KOS in early 1984, but after making a few suggestions about new members, and having them rejected, Lex decided to put up an invitation only BBS and to start forming a new group. Starting around May 1984, Lex began to contact those people who he had seen on BBSes such as Plover-NET and the people that he knew personally who possessed the kind of superior knowledge that the group he envisioned should have. Many phone calls and Alliance Teleconferences later, the group of individuals who made up the original Legion of Doom were compiled. They were: Lex Luthor, Karl Marx, Mark Tabas, Agrajag the Prolonged, King Blotto, Blue Archer, EBA, The Dragyn, and Unknown Soldier.[1]

Members of LOD[edit]

1991 Legion of Doom T-shirt created by Chris Goggans "Erik Bloodaxe"

As of 2012 what has happened to each individual member of the Legion of Doom is unknown. A small handful of the higher-profile LOD members who are accounted for includes: "Lex Luthor, Erik Bloodaxe", "Mark Tabas", "Karl Marx", "Agrajag the Prolonged", "Automatic Jack", "Bill From RNOC", "Lord Digital", "The Mentor", "Doctor Who", "Dead Lord", "Phiber Optik", who was a member of both LOD and Masters of Deception (MOD), and "Terminus".[2]

Alumni of the Fraternal Order of the Legion of Doom (Lambda Omega Delta)[1]
Handle Entered Exited Location Reasons for leaving
Lex Luthor Early 84 Florida
Karl Marx Early 84 Late 85 Colorado Bust w/Tabas..College
Mark Tabas Early 84 Late 85 Colorado Too numerous to list
Agrajag the Prolonged Early-84 Late 85 California Loss of Interest
King Blotto Early 84 Late 85 Ohio College
Blue Archer Early 84 Late 87 Texas College
EBA Early 84 Texas
The Dragyn Early 84 Late 86 Minnesota Loss of Interest
Unknown Soldier Early 84 Early 85 Florida Bust-Toll Fraud
Sharp Razor Late 84 Early 86 New Jersey Bust-Compuserve Abuse
Sir Francis Drake Late 84 Early 86 California Loss of Interest
Paul Muad'dib Late 84 Early 86 New York Murdered
Phucked Agent 04 Late 84 Late 87 California College
X-Man Late 84 Mid 85 New York Bust-Blue Boxing
Randy Smith Late 84 Mid 85 Missouri Bust-Credit Fraud
Steve Dahl Early 85 Early 86 Illinois Bust-Credit Fraud
The Warlock Early 85 Early 86 Florida Loss of Interest
Terminal Man Early 85 Late 85 Massachusetts Expelled from Group
Dr. Who Early 85 Late 89 Massachusetts Several Reasons
The Videosmith Early 86 Late 87 Pennsylvania Paranoia
Kerrang Kahn Early 86 Mid 89 "London UK" Loss of Interest
Gary Seven Early 86 Mid 88 Florida Loss of Interest
The Marauder Early 86 Mid 89 Connecticut Loss of Interest
Silver Spy Late 86 Late 87 Massachusetts College
Bill from RNOC Early 87 Late 87 New York Bust-Hacking
The Leftist Mid 87 Late 89 Georgia Bust-Hacking
Phantom Phreaker Mid 87 Illinois
Doom Prophet Mid 87 Illinois
Jester Sluggo Mid 87 North Dakota
Carrier Culprit Mid 87 Mid 88 Pennsylvania Loss of Interest
Master of Impact Mid 87 Mid 88 California Loss of Interest
Thomas Covenant Early 88 Early 90 New York Bust-Hacking
The Mentor Mid 88 Early 90 Texas Retired
Necron 99 Mid 88 Late 89 Georgia Bust-Hacking
Control C Mid 88 Early 90 Michigan
Prime Suspect Mid 88 New York
The Prophet Mid 88 Late 89 Georgia Bust-Hacking
Phiber Optik Early 89 Early 90 New York Bust-Hacking

Internal and External battles of LOD[edit]

LOD was against wanton destruction of computers which had been hacked. Gary Cohen "Terminal Man" was dismissed from the group for this reason.[citation needed] Other disagreements led to bad blood between Erik Bloodaxe and Mark Tabas. A war with MOD was undertaken, and Erik Bloodaxe led as LOD's general. While Bloodaxe was active in this regard, other LOD members were less so.

Projects of LOD[edit]

In 1992, several members of LOD came together and founded LODCOM, Inc[citation needed], which collected old hacker bulletin board messages for an archive, which was to be sold. Most, if not all, of this material later ended up on textfiles.com. Marauder formed LOD.COM as a consulting company, and several ex-LOD members had accounts on the system. In the late 1990s, a root DNS server had an illicit new TLD of .LOD for over a year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The History of The Legion Of Doom" 3 (31, 5 of 10). Phrack, Inc. 
  2. ^ Henry Weinstein (23 March 1991). "Hacker Enters Guilty Plea in Theft of Computer Data". Business; PART-D; Financial Desk: Los Angeles Times. p. 2. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 

Public access legal records and transcripts[edit]

  • US Government's Sentencing Memorandum, US v. Grant, Darden and Riggs, Criminal Action Number 1:90-CR-31, December 1990. (US Government v. "Legion of Doom")
  • LOD Technical Manuals and source notices
  • The Legion of Doom/Hackers Technical Journal