About this blog
N.B. the quarterly 2600 magazine is now rarely available in London shops.
Everybody who is interested in computer and telecomms security and the impact of technology on society is welcome, from both sides of the fence, no matter what your age or level of skill and experience - nobody knows it all, no matter what they claim.
You could learn more at these free meetings than from months of study or investigation on your own, but this depends on what you are willing to share and contribute in return. We are mostly British and therefore somewhat shy in public, but it is easy to strike up a conversation with most of us.
London 2600 meet on the first Friday of each month, 6.30pm to 7.30pm initially, at the frront entrance of the Trocadero shopping centre, then on elsewhere.
The kinds of people who have attended over the last 25 years or so include:
"computer hackers, phone phreakers, cyberpunks, performance artists, systems administrators, cybergoths, military intelligence officers, mobi chippers, skip trashers, hacktivists, network gurus, anti-virus programmers, penetration testers, multimedia artists, internet entrepreneurs, newbies, cybercriminals, warez d00dz, old skool, movie script writers, 31337, civil liberties activists, lawyers, radio hams, students, cool hunters, wannabes, djs, corporate security professionals, academic researchers, privacy campaigners, journalists"
Usually up to 20 to 50 people attend each meeting, most of whom then participate in the rest of the evening/weekend activities.
For the paranoid crypto-ninjas amongst you (like us !) here is our PGP public encryption key
For OpenPGP 256bit AES encrypted messages via 128bit SSL/TLS session, web based email, outside the direct jurisdiction of the UK Government, get a free Hushmail account and contact us on london2600@hushmail[dot]com
(Obiously many of you will use Google Gmail, which is well secured nowadays, but not very anonymous, especially if you are logged in to your Google accounts or Android Apps)
London 2600 Email List
There is a revived London 2600 email discussion list - be polite please.
This is a public email list, so you should obviously take any appropriate communications data anonymity and other privacy precautions.
@London_2600 Twitter feed
Follow the Twitter feed: @London_2600 for last minute meeting venue change announcements etc.
If you have taken the usual security and privacy precautions e.g. private browsing mode, strict cookie and history deletion policies etc. in your web browser, you may feel that you can trust Google Calendar to remind you about the next London 2600 meeting, and other events of interest.
Geekery.in is a calendar of UK meetings and events, including 2600 meetings, Linux User Groups, HackSpaces etc.
(The) Hacker(s) Voice Radio / Magazine / TV
"HVR is an online radio show set up as an vocal forum for all the UK hackers and phreaks to come together, work together and a place to share information."
(The) Hacker(s) Voice people have expanded into producing a (.pdf) and printed Magazine, called The Hacker Voice Digest, and have plans for Video as well as their internet radio streams and podcasts etc.
Free Gary McKinnon, who lives in London, is accused of hacking in to over 90 US military computer systems, and is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.
Anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789 321 free and confidential - use 999 or 112 to report immediate threats.
Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.
Data Retention is No Solution Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."
Amnesty International 's irrepressible.info campaign
BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging
NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools
Wikileaks.org - the controversial "uncensorable, anonymous whistleblowing" website based currently in Sweden.
- The next official London 2600 meeting is on Friday 3rd June 2016
- Opentech 2015, Sat 13 June 2015, University of London Students Union, Malet Street
- Electromagnetic Field Camp - Bletchley, 29th - 31st August
- Christmas Party: Saturday 14th December 2013, London Stone, opp Cannon Street station
- Unofficial mid-month meeting Sat 20th July, 5pm, Meltdown eSports Bar, 342 Caledonian Road
- London 2600 & London Hackspace Christmas Crunch - Friday 21st December , 6PM till late - The London Stone
- CryptoParty London 3 - Wednesday 12th December 2012, 6pm-10pm, Mozilla Spaces
- London Hurricane Hackathon @ Google Campus London Sunday 4th November 2012
- CryptoParty London Friday 19th October 2012, 6.30pm @ Mozilla Spaces, 101 St. Martins Lane
- CryptoParty London, Sat 29th Sept, 6pm @ Google Campus
Electro Magnetic Field
As yet unconfirmed plans for a Dutch / German style hacker camp / Temporary Autonomous Zone next August Bank Holiday i.e. 27th August 2012
"EMF camp" ("Electro Magnetic Field" ?) is promised to have an internet domain name and discussion list etc. by next month.
Anybody interested in helping to organise this can contact email@example.com for now.
London 2600 People's Blog Links
Here are some of the blogs by London 2600 people:
Spy Blog - Privacy and Civil Liberties commentary and campaigns
Rat's Blog - The Reverend Rat comments on London street life and technology
Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher. Author of "Hackers' Tales", which drew partly on interviews with London 2600 attendees.
gizmonaut.net blog - David Mery
Silver AJ - fashion model and gender hacker.
Other 2600 meeting links
2600 Tor Server Project
Free Gary McKinnon - or at least try him in the UK, rather than extraditing him to the USA. Gary is accused of hacking in to over 90 US Military computer systems, including some in the Pentagon, National Security Agency, Army, Navy and Air Force, NASA, etc. for over 2 years. He is facing extradition to the USA, under the notorious Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence, rather than being tried in the UK. He could face a Guantanamo Bay style Military Tribunal and over 60 years in prison ! This case has dragged on now for over 9 years !
Free Babar Ahmad - another British (Muslim) IT worker from London, also facing extradition to the USA, also at risk of a Military Tribunal, facing terrorism charges not for running websites etc., relating to activities in Afghanistan and Chechnya, which were not illegal in the UK.
Not Getting Arrested in London
Now that the UK Government has enacted the draconian email and phone snooping RIP Act, widened the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006 to suppress politically motivated computer hackers, and promoted mass technological surveillance of millions of innocent citizens, you have to *trust* the current Home Secretary John "not fit for purpose" Reid that your email is not being routinely monitored, and your mobile phone traffic data and location records are not being fed into some cruel automatic traffic pattern analysis program so as to add points to your electronic secret police dossier, through guilt by association.
Spy Blog's Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers mini-blog gives advice which is also relevant to London 2600 attendees, from both sides of the law, and the media.
Several people on their way to London 2600 meetings have fallen foul of the anti-terrorism hysteria which swept London after the terrorist bomb attacks of July 2005. You cannot really blame the general public and Police for being suspicious, if you bring along a mysterious looking bit of electronic equipment in your rucksack, with lots of wires, batteries and gaffer tape, no matter how innocent it really is.
However, none of us should tolerate Police behaviour and policies like those which resulted the arrest of David Mery, one of our respected long standing attendees. He was stopped, searched and arrested on a Tube station, and his flat was searched and computers and other equipment seized, for no good reason at all. He was lucky that he was not shot and killed by the Police. See Innocent in London" and "Techie and terrorist behavioural profiles are the same"
If you are arrested, then get some legal advice from a firm of solicitors before you say or admit to anyhing whatsoever to the Police e.g. top rated human rights specialists Bindmans & Partners - 020 7833 4433 or Kaim Todner (who represent London hacker Gary McKinnon) - 020 7353 6660 (24 hour Police Station callout)
London CyberPunk Tourist Guide
This London CyberPunk tourist guide should be of interest to London 2600 people, from home and abroad.