In 1996, tKC started up the first Phrozen Crew IRC group, namely #PC96. Most people had not yet heard of PC at this time and it wasn't extremely popular. The most world renowned group at that time (and arguably still) was the United Cracking Force (UCF). The Phrozen Crew and UCF were and still are on good terms as many people were in both groups. Even though the cordiality is still present, it is much less than in the old days.
1995 and 1996 were the years that PC really started to get recognized. Many people signed up to join their "leet" ranks: Archimede, Baloosh, AlieN, MegaByte, tHATDUDE, et. al. Other include Saltine, LordByte, Killer+Bee, and surva. PC was rapidly growing. That is what led to the Phrozen Crew crash of 1998, however.
In 1998, PC was completely revamped, so to speak. So many members left that the group almost disintegrated; however, the core members were still steadfast. Despite these hardships, PC eventually found its way back on track by the end of 1998. Ever since then, PC has gone on without a hitch. They, like most other cracking organizations, have stated that they simply "promote free software" through cracks, rather than deliberately trying to hack security features on software.