Other common abstractions of the word are t-files (shorthand for text files) and g-files (general files (etymology not certain)).
Their contents could vary from actual hacking and phone phreaking, sexual content, humour, technical information, down to subversive or so-called anarchy material about controversial topics such as poison brewing, homemade explosives, suggestions for making harmful pranks, urban terrorism "tactics", building homemade weapons and other similar information of dubious reliability, e.g. instructions for making a nuclear reactor out of a plastic barrel to keep in one's garden.
It is also used to refer to fans of the TV series The X-Files.
- Mollick, Ethan (February 2005). "The engine of the underground: the Elite-Kiddie divide". SIGGROUP Bull. ACM. 25 (2): 23–27. doi:10.1145/1067721.1067726.
- Sterling, Bruce (1992-11-01). The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier. Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-56370-X.
- Slatalla, Michele; Quittner, Joshua (1995-12-01). Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace. Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0060926946.
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