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1992 1993 1994 - 1995 - 1996 1997 1998


1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

  • January 13 - Mark Abene, also known as "Phiber Optik", finishes his 12 month sentence for hacking at Schuylkill federal prison in Pennsylvania.
  • January 27 - The US Attorney's Office announces that it will not appeal the dismissal of charges against David LaMacchia in the "Cynosure" BBS case, wherein LaMacchia is accused of running a pirate BBS on MIT servers.
  • February 8 - TWO BBSCON, a European version of the ONE BBSCON Conventions held in the USA, takes place from February 8th to the 11th in Duesseldorf, Germany.
  • March 10 - Richard D. Kenadek of Millbury, MA, sysop of the Davy Jones Locker BBS from 1990-1992, is sentenced in U.S. District Court to six months home detention and two years of probation for the breaking of copyright laws with his BBS. Originally raided in 1992, charges were not brought until August of 1994, and Kenadek had entered a guilty plea in December of 1994 to one of the two charges brought against him.
  • April 12 - A large-scale bust of pirate boards in Canada occurs, resulting in 15 arrests. 75 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Officers are involved, $200,000 in computer hardware is seized, and the investigation lasts nearly a year. The boards busted include Bad Sector, Beyond Corruption, Jurassic Park, Lineup, Main Frame, Necronomicon, No BBS, The Notice, On The World, Perfect Crime, Red Alert, Restricted Area, Rubbish Heap, Skull Island, Twins, The Underworld, and Wolf Pack.
  • April 19 - The Assassin's Guild BBS, said to be one of the largest pirate BBSes in the world, is seized by U.S. Marshals and Investigators from Microsoft and Novell. The board is said to be the headquarters of Pirates With Attitude (PWA) and Razor 1911.
  • July - Jonny Bergdahl, Region Coordinator for FidoNet in Sweden, organizes SUPCON, a meeting of Fidonet Sysops held at Sannabadet in Jonkoping/Huskvarna. It's considered a great success, and SUPCONs are held in the last weekend of July from 1995 to 2001, with different organizers and locations.
  • August 16 - ONE BBSCON '95 is held from August 16th to the 20th in Tampa, Florida. This is the last "BBSCON" held; it is renamed to ISPCON in 1996 to reflect a sea change from BBSes to the Internet and Internet service providers.
  • September 11 - "Operation Cybersnare", a US Secret Service sting operation, results in the arrest of six computer users and the seizure of at least 20 machines throughout several states. The operation consisted of a "sting" BBS operated by the Secret Service called "Celco 51".
  • October 25 - Nexus BBS Software is released to the public.


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