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Phrack is an ezine written by and for hackers first published November 17, 1985.[1] Described by Fyodor as "the best, and by far the longest running hacker zine,"[2] the magazine is open for contributions by anyone who desires to publish remarkable works or express original ideas on the topics of interest. It has a wide circulation which includes both hackers and computer security professionals.[3]

Originally covering subjects related to phreaking and telephone system hacking, anarchy and cracking,[1] the articles also cover a wide range of topics including computer and physical security, hacking, cryptography and international news.

Phrack "has had its finger on the pulse of hacker culture",[4] and is considered both a handbook and a manifesto for hackers.[5]



Phrack, first released on November 17, 1985, takes its name from the words "phreak" and "hack".[6]. The founding editors of the magazine, known by the pseudonyms "Taran King" and "Knight Lightning", edited most of the first 30 editions.[7] Editions were originally released onto the Metal Shop bulletin board system, where Taran King was a sysop,[1] and widely mirrored by other boards.[6]

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