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How did you discover the PLA?
« on: June 25, 2006, 11:14:00 AM »
How old were you?  Where did it happen?  How long ago?  To what degree has the PLA impacted your life?  If you could go back in time would you kill me to keep it from existing?  Below are a few excerpts from a few of the forum members. 


"I'm amazed at the accomplishments of PLA. Reading or hearing about different entities and org's getting exploited with a hilarious twist is my idea of the perfect read.  A lot of it is inspiring."-beerfuck


"I came across the PLA site a couple years ago searching for weird 800 numbers to call. The site was so interesting that I just kept coming back. I thought that RBCP was that geeky haired braces kid pointing at the top of the page for a while, so when I was reading his prank stories I pictured that kid doing them." -gruz


"From the start, Phonelosers Of America seemed different from most other hacking groups. PLA offered no high-minded justifications for its illegal activities and no ideological bullshit (which most hacking groups had in spades). PLA was less about technical wizardry and more about practical applications. PLA was all about pranks and somewhat malicious activities, goofy stunts, over-the top revenge schemes and simple technical tricks intended to drive an intended mark completely batty. The best thing about PLA, in my opinion, was the much greater emphasis on humor. PLA was the Three Stooges of the hacking community." -Colonel Panic


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« Last Edit: June 27, 2006, 01:09:54 PM by rbcp »

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2006, 11:38:48 AM »
I stumbled upon phonelosers.org a couple years ago, while searching for information on redboxing or scamming  vending machines, (i cant remember which) that was when there were the old fourms, and no PLA radio.
Now i visit the site usually twice or more daily, and go on the bridge as much as possiable. I write
"cactus?" at the top of every paper/test I have in school, and have listened to every episode of PLA radio at least 5 times each.
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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006, 01:31:23 PM »
I think I stumbled across it I think like 7 or 8 years, searching the web for exploits on something or other I don't remember. Started frequenting the site about a year ago. Not much of a H/P much to my dismay, but I'm amazed at the accomplishments of PLA. Reading or hearing about different entities and org's getting exploited with a hilarious twist is my idea of the perfect read.

A lot of it is inspiring. Since Ive been coming here, I feel a constant need to mess with local businesses for my own immature pleasure.

To this day, the transfer-me-to-the-PA-extension trick still stands out in my head as one of the funnier stories. I've been wanting to do that so bad, but I'm too chicken to actually pick up a store phone and play with it.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2006, 01:40:00 PM by beerfuck »

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2006, 01:49:59 PM »
I write "cactus?" at the top of every paper/test I have in school

Same with me.  I thought I was the only one.

I discovered it about 3 years ago looking for prank phone calls.  Then I found the issues and all of the stories and I learned alot.  I was into computers and hacking before but I didn't really think about phreaking.  And yes the PLA has been positive for me, I impress all my friends with all the tricks I know and then they end up coming to the PLA and going through all the issues.

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2006, 04:36:05 PM »
Discovered when I was 13. I don't quite remember where, but I do remember reading about it on another website. Damn it, my memory sucks...

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2006, 05:02:56 PM »
I came across the PLA site a couple years ago searching for weird 800 numbers to call. The site was so interesting that I just kept coming back. I thought that RBCP was that geeky haired braces kid pointing at the top of the page for a while, so when I was reading his prank stories I pictured that kid doing them.

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2006, 06:50:26 PM »
I came across it in the late 90's. I cannot remember how I did, though.

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2006, 01:58:13 AM »
I found the PLA when I was on the hackthissite forums looking for social engineering things and someone posted a link to a mp3 of some of the pla guys at a conventon. I was in tears of laughter after hearing the whats your bid part  ;D

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2006, 03:06:32 AM »
After a particularly hot and sweaty fuck-session. RBCP rolled over and told me he had to update the Phonelosers.org site. Perplexed, I checked it out, and I was hooked.

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2006, 09:31:09 AM »
I was in college back in about '95, when the World Wide Web was still relatively new. The "hacker community" was almost completely unknown to me at that time, though I already had a few years' background working with with computers. My brother and I had had a succession of first- and second-generation personal computers (or "microcomputers" as they were called back then). We'd had a Radio Shack Trash-80, a Commodore 64 and a couple Ataris. I had owned a Mac Classic and an IBM PC clone. I was mostly just into things like programming and playing games.

Anyway, my brother and I were just kids when we first got into exploring the loose network of BBS's that existed way back in the days of direct-dial modemming. Our mom worked for Illinois Bell, and then Ameritech (one of the "Baby Bells"), so we got an employee discount on our phone service. My brother and I used to call BBS's, peruse their contents, find out about other BBS's in other cities, call those, find out about more BBS's across the country, etc. until eventually we were racking up phone bills in the $100s, even despite our mom's special telco employee rate. Eventually our parents forbade us from calling long-distance, and that greatly limited our exposure to this network of info. I remember being very pissed off because I'd always gotten a kick out of reading the bizarre text files posted by people with excessively weird nicknames.

Anyway, later on when I was in college, there was this guy who had a reputation for being a "k-rad 1337-0 hax0r." There were some pretty tall stories surrounding this dude about the amazing things he could do with computers, and I wanted to find out how much of it could possibly be true.

One day I encountered him in a diner down the street from school. I asked him about his major, what classes he was currently taking, etc., (the usual college introductory bullshit). Well it turned out that he was a computer science major. I told him a little about my history with computers and asked him about hacking. He immediately opened up his backpack and pulled out a sheaf of paper with numbers printed all over it. He showed me about 3 pages covered with sets of numbers, and told me they were other peoples' calling card numbers. Then he pulled out another sheet with maybe 1000 sets of numbers on it. "Credit card numbers" he said.

I was amazed that this dude was sharing with me this direct evidence of some very illegal activity, within minutes of having met me. Puzzled, I asked him where he got all these numbers, how he learned to do this kind of thing. He said "check this out," and wrote down a bunch of URLs of various websites, names of usenet usegroups, and his email address. I remember that www.cultdeadcow.org, L0pht.org, Phrack, and alt.hacking.2600 were all on that list. Phonelosers.org was on that list as well.

From the start, Phonelosers Of America seemed different from most other hacking groups. PLA offered no high-minded justifications for its illegal activities and no ideological bullshit (which most hacking groups had in spades). PLA was less about technical wizardry and more about practical applications. PLA was all about pranks and somewhat malicious activities, goofy stunts, over-the top revenge schemes and simple technical tricks intended to drive an intended mark completely batty. The best thing about PLA, in my opinion, was the much greater emphasis on humor. PLA was the Three Stooges of the hacking community. I remember laughing out loud in the school computer lab while reading the PLA issues for the first time.

Of all the hacking websites I've followed over the years, PLA is the only one I've gone back to on a regular basis, because it's the most fun.

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2006, 11:58:22 AM »
One morning as I sat down to eat my breakfast the face of RBCP appeared to me in my corn flakes. I didn't know who it was at first but then a booming voice said "Come to the cactus, the burning cactus of fire."  The voice told me to quit my job, leave my kids and go to a special place.  I didn't understand the apparition at first and tried to sink the manic face with a strawberry.  The face seemed to disappear in the ripples.  But then a hand reappeared, extending a phone whose cord disappeared into the milk.  He told me the place was actually a site on the internet.  Then my computer's home site changed itself - to the PLA.  Just then my TV turned on and Robert Tilton was plugging the Media CD.  Well, that did it for me!  Straightaway I left my kids and career and have given everything to the PLA.  I've been a disciple ever since. 
Since discovering the PLA I can emit 33 + 66 hz chirps up to a mile away.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2009, 11:54:05 PM by rbcp »

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2006, 02:23:46 PM »
Found it after TechTV showed you guys...

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2006, 02:26:08 PM »
Let's see...

I found a bunch of old PLA issues posted to the lone H/P/A board in Albany/Corvallis (which I think RBCP posted there), and then proceeded in my attempt to track down RBCP (since I was aware he was in Oregon, but didn't know he was still in Albany at that point).

I got to talk to Jim Bayless, who was convinced that RBCP's real name was Alex Carbon.  He was completely useless.

I found a reference to EFnet #rock one day, where el_jefe/zak, Ap0k0lyps, Z3nsless, jammie and others were chilling, and got kicked about a billion times, because I wasn't cool enough to hang out with them.

About this time, I found new PLA issues online, and found the story that Brian "The Dildo" Crecente wrote about the PLA while he was interning in Illinois or something.  Crecente interned at the Albany newspaper for a while, and I had met him while still in high school.  He was a wanna-be techie, and we exchanged emails for a while, so I had his updated infoz.

I traded Crecente's docs to el_jefe, and, woohoo, I got to hang out in #rock, which at the time I thought was the coolest thing ever.

Fortunately, Ap0k didn't decide to rape me with his AK.

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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2006, 11:33:49 PM »
i was looking for this awesome video i saw on google-videos.

it features a kid in a drive-thru, throwing his drink into the window and saying "fire in the hole!" followed by a complete lack of either shifting, or releasing the clutch as the engine roared. since he wasnt moving, the employee thought it would be cool to throw something back.

after searching for this, brad's taco bell crap got in the way, and then i kinda got into the pla.

thanks for ruining my life. i owe you one.


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Re: How did you discover the PLA?
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2006, 06:14:23 AM »
whatthe6666 dragged me to the site a few years back...

I work with a lot of foreign individuals, it's always so much fun to teach them how to properly say:

Cactus
Catsex
Meow and
Pwned!
« Last Edit: June 27, 2006, 01:46:51 PM by gangals »

 

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