Hackers and Computer Security

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Hackers and Computer Security

There have been underground message boards almost as long as there have been boards. One of the first was 8BBS, which became a stronghold of the West Coast phone- phreak elite. The sysop of 8BBS was an ardent free-speech enthusiast who simply felt that *any* attempt to restrict the expression of his users was unconstitutional and immoral. Swarms of the technically curious entered 8BBS and emerged as phreaks and hackers, until, in 1982, a friendly 8BBS alumnus passed the sysop a new modem which had been purchased by credit-card fraud. Police took this opportunity to seize the entire board and remove what they considered an attractive nuisance.

   

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8/30/2011 2:36:09 AM
Bernard Klatt said:

.. interesting account on the provenance of the Bell 1200 baud modem. I was told it was available as a gift since it was no longer needed after a trade-show, and would I hook it up to replace the 300 baud modem. I believe it came from Drexel University student(s).




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