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As the popularity of hacking grew so too did the subculture. Bulletin Board Systems grew in profusion, although the top boards were very selective. These served as electronic meeting places, where hackers could exchange stories and techniques of compromising computer security. Access to a board would be granted or denied based on your technical proficiency or the fame of your exploits. Electronic newsletters also surfaced. One of the very first was "2600: The Hacker Quarterly", which started in 1984 and remains one of the most popular underground computer publications today.