Hackers and Computer Security

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How did computer hacking start?

Hackers and Computer Security

Before the internet and the attendant problems of internet security, there was another type of hacker. In the early 70's hackers were "phone phreaks", who found ways to manipulate the phone system. One of the first phreaks was John Draper who figured out how to make a long-distance call for free by blowing a precise tone into a telephone that tells the phone system to open a line. Draper discovered the whistle as a give-away in a box of children's cereal. Draper, who later earned the handle "Captain Crunch," was arrested repeatedly for phone tampering throughout the 1970s.



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