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Prior to the advent of the personal computer, hacking was limited to the activity of phreaking or to those who had access to mainframe computers. As a result, internet security issues related to hacking were not a widespread phenomenon. In the early eighties, however, PCs finally made their entry into some homes in North America and Europe. The Commodore 64 was one of the more popular models and many hackers started their hacking careers on these machines. For a new generation of teenage boys, computers, games and hacking became a way of life.