se7en's "retirement message" from the underground. This was one of his ways of establishing a past, by making it seem as if he voluntarily came out of the dark. In reality, this was his introduction to the hacker / security scene. This mail would set the stage for the cornerstone of his claims to media, friends and 'clients'.
He would subsequently retire at least two more times.
From email@example.com Mon Jun 3 09:52:57 1996 Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 03:21:25 -0700 (PDT) From: Christian Valor (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: dc-stuff[at]fc.net Subject: Public Retirement Message -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Today I am formally posting my public retirement message. Fifteen years ago today, when I sat down in front of my first computer, an Apple ][e, I entered a world as fascinating as any other I could have dreamed of in my life. Today, having gone as far as is possible with the current state of telecommunications technology, with no territory left for me to conquer, I see nowhere else to go but out. The last thirty days has revealed a new course to follow with my knowledge and underground experience. I have been asked my numerous publications, big and small, to write about my years of digital terrorism and life on the edge. I have been asked to provide technical insight for screenplays currently being written. I have been asked by the telecommunications industry to speak on why it is possible to continuously rape them time and time again despite their best efforts to stop penetration into their systems. I have been asked by colleges to help design telecommunication programs for educating future students in this field. It has also been formally proposed that I write a book on my life in the underground. I also have a personal desire to learn more about computers from the administration and programming angles than I do now, thus balancing computers against my knowledge of telecommunications. I will continue to learn and break new ground, thus sparing myself a fate similar to those like Captain Crunch - old news with no dignity and attempting to live off the glory of my previous claims to fame. These are the paths that I will now be following. To continue as I have been would be subjecting myself to boredom. I need something new to do. I don't consider this a sell out, and no one else should either. I am not turning my back against the underground, and I am not out to provide any information on how to stop the activities of the underground. I am, and always will, remain loyal to my roots of digital terrorism. I am reserving the right to return to my point of departure and continue where I left off at any time for no reason at all. I am not against being involved in a good prank if I see one. But, I am now officially a public figure, and must begin to act accordingly, if nothing else but for my own protection. I'm sure the telecommunications industry, and even OJ Simpson, will rest just a little bit more at night upon hearing of my retirement. Those who knew this announcement was coming a few days ago asked if I will remain in dc-stuff. I will, and will continue to be my usual self. (!) You just won't hear about my underground exploits any longer. That is, unless, OJ Simpson gets away with murder again. Goodbye Underground, it was fun, and give 'em hell for me. se7en -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: 2.6.2 iQEUAwUBMbK8ederPGNZ9LrRAQFZHgf4zCDcNRiAgSqMkSrqZxYshcIfoF9AwEWz WCxHlQ4gMVga4iMPLkch9KJUTrEmpoFQMYjPeFNleKITLyoFYAWlk2RHr7SqdkF8 qAzNkzDCjQwhikguriVjdJM0PsjgPnSJIqYGXQaSE1mimmFWeM3MNRD+jj7hMx/Z +eNIkD+XlJN2OVaYvF0lAmTMDKOMFL2eRGJt98mWNee6kN9Y+QTePXj5udaoHnA/ 4SR8FDDQmREmXnb8AcSQLvq3Ao+xvSNyTfSiR+90DKK26HlELH0mFrnoexKq1Gd3 GxI17NQvypWM3wKEdkxZbJKnwc3lLExcuCNg0LL6IJJF5qct4AQ1 =AdZw -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----