Paul John F. CadagProfessional EthicsMWF(1:00 – 2:00)Legion of Doom (LOD)1.What was the case about?
As a hacker group that 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 Superfriends. LOD wasfounded by the hacker Lex Luthor, after a rift with his previous group the Knights of Shadow(much as the Masters of Deception would later be founded after Phiber Optik had a rift withChris Goggans and LOD, eventually leading to the Great Hacker War and disbanding of bothgroups).
2.Who were the protagonists & parties involved?
LOD was split into LOD and LOD/LOH (Legion of Doom/Legion of Hackers) for themembers that were more skilled at hacking than pure phone phreaking.
3.Did any prosecutions result?
YES!!, because Unlike Masters of Deception there were different opinions regarding what theLegion of Doom was. LOD published the Legion of Doom Technical Journals and regularlycontributed to the overall pool of hacking knowledge and information, while causing no directharm to the phone systems and computer networks they took over. On the other hand, manyLOD members were raided, charged and in some cases successfully prosecuted for causingdamage to systems and reprogramming phone company computers (Grant, Darden and Riggs,etc). While the "Bellsouth" case could be construed as exploration of the phone system, withclaims that no real damage was done, there are other former LOD members such as Corey A.Lindsly, who were clearly interested in for-profit computer crime, with no goal except personalgain.
4.If so, what were their outcomes?
Although the overall expressed beliefs and behavior of LOD and MOD were different, itcan be difficult to untangle the individual actions of any given member. In many cases thereseems to be cross-over between the two groups or collaboration between LOD and MODmembers, even in the midst of The Great Hacker War.
5.What ethical issues are raised by this case?
The ethical issues in this case is if you an hacker or member of some kind of hacker group. Youcannot deny that you are the hacker. And you cannot avoid the war between the two groups of hacker.
Masters of Deception (MOD)