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Hack-Tic was a Dutch hacker magazine published between 1989 and 1994. It had a cult following and upset authorities beyond the Dutch borders.


In 1988, a small delegation from the Chaos Computer Club in Hamburg visited Amsterdam after being invited by Caroline Nevejan, who organized political events at Paradiso in Amsterdam. Rop Gonggrijp, the magazine's later editor and publisher was at that point already rather well known as a hacker who sometimes appeared in the newspapers. Being inspired by Datenschleuder (the CCC magazine) and 2600 The Hacker Quarterly, Gonggrijp decided to start his own magazine. In January 1989, the first issue was published. That summer, Nevejan, Gonggrijp and Patrice Riemens organized the Galactic Hacker Party in Paradiso, Amsterdam.[1]

The magazine grew from its original circulation of 50 photocopies to several thousand printed issues. A group of authors published wide-ranging articles including "How to copy the data on the magnetic stripe of your bank card?", "How to build your own pay-TV descrambler" and at least twenty different variations of "How does one make free phone calls?" (much to the dismay of Dutch telecommunication monopoly KPN, then still called PTT Telecommunicatie).

But Hack-Tic was not just about hi-tech mischief: its makers sensed the upcoming importance of communications and technology and were actively involved in making sure new technology was accessible to everyone. In 1991, the foundations were laid for Hacktic Netwerk, the organization which later became the ISP XS4ALL.[2] Also in 1993, Hack-Tic organized Hacking at the End of the Universe (HEU), the first outdoor hacker festival event.[3]

In 1993 the last issue of Hack-Tic appeared. The issues are now online at XS4ALL, the ISP that grew out of Hacktic Network.

Hack-Tic hacker events[edit]

Even though the magazine has not been printed since 1993, the community that formed around it continues to organize large hacker culture events every four years, with visitors from a large number of countries. The last editions have been complete outdoor cities with thousands of visitors staying in tents. Visitor participation at these events has been high, leading to events which some describe as "all crew, no visitors". Recent events have had many visitor-organized "villages" and a professionally organized conference program. So far, all the events have been held in the Netherlands.

No. Date Full name Abbreviation Location[A] Attendance[A]
1st August 2–4, 1989 Galactic Hacker Party GHP Paradiso, Amsterdam unknown
2nd August 4–6, 1993 Hacking at the End of the Universe HEU 1993 Lelystad 500
3rd August 8–10, 1997 Hacking In Progress HIP '97 Almere 1500-2500[B]
4th August 10–12, 2001 Hackers At Large HAL 2001 University of Twente, Enschede 2900
5th July 28–31, 2005 What The Hack WTH2005 Veldersbos, Liempde 2500
6th August 13–16, 2009 Hacking at Random HAR2009 Paasheuvel, Vierhouten 2300
7th July 31-August 4, 2013 Observe. Hack. Make. OHM2013 Geestmerambacht, Oudkarspel 3000
8th August 4–8, 2017 Still Hacking Anyway SHA2017 Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde[4] 3300[5]
9th July 22-26, 2022 May Contain Hackers MCH2022 Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde 3500[6]
A Information copied from Dutch Wikipedia unless mentioned otherwise
B Depending on source

These events have been a major source of inspiration for the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conferences organized by 2600: The Hacker Quarterly in New York City as well as for the Chaos Communication Camps held near Berlin.

See also[edit]

Other notable hacker magazines[edit]

Similar events[edit]


  1. ^ "Computer museum tonh (Galactic Hacker Party)". kpn.nl.
  2. ^ "Ons verhaal - XS4ALL". xs4all.nl.
  3. ^ "Zoeken". nrc.nl. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23.
  4. ^ SHA2017 official website
  5. ^ "3300 hackers kamperen in Zeewolde". destentor.nl.
  6. ^ "3500 hackers bijeen op Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde ". omroepflevoland.nl.

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