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By Paul Mungo

This books is well-written, fascinating and reasonably well-researched for an individual who likes this type of factor. With the velocity that expertise advances at, quite almost about pcs, this 15 12 months previous booklet has develop into solely historic. totally not one of the occasions or applied sciences are suitable to the current day other than within the context of history.

Nevertheless, in case you are trying to find heritage information on hacking, phreaking, viruses and different laptop safety similar issues, it really is worth a learn. many of the info will be present in different books written concerning the comparable time as this one, even though it really is nonetheless very readable and does supply a entire, although now not relatively distinct, accumulating of lots of the appropriate occasions during the last 30 years. In that regard it is also an exceptional reference in an effort to know the way hacking and phreaking all started, correct from the very beginning.

Also, it is a sturdy creation for the lay individual attracted to checking out what what hacking and phreaking is, and describes such things as easy virus writing, boot region viruses, executable file-based viruses, simple hacker exploits, the unique tone-based phreaking tools, etc... even though somebody particularly drawn to these things would have to proceed on studying via to up-to-date information.

It's an outdated ebook now; the terminology is old fashioned either simply because it really is specific on the lay individual and it nearly predates the net. yet does shape a massive a part of the constrained literature to be had which covers that point interval. additionally, even though it means that the doom and gloom state of affairs touted on the time with reference to expertise destroying us all is over-hyped (as we will see in hindsight) the publication nonetheless indulges in leaping at the hype bandwagon itself to some extent.

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Pat first accessed ARPANET by using a default code. "Back then there was no real need for security," he says. "It was all incredibly simple. Computers were developed for human beings to use. " He jumped from computer to computer within the system, accessing everything from the main computers regulating the network to mainframes at the Pentagon, air force, and army installations and research centers. "It was like going through an electronic road map, trying to get somewhere, without knowing where," he says.

He also learned how to disconnect subscriber's phones and to manipulate the accounts files. The latter facility enabled him to "pay" bills, at first at the phone company and later, he claims, at the electric company and at credit card offices. He would perform this service for a fee of 10 percent of the bill, which became a useful source of extra income. He also started to play on the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) computer network. ARPANET was the oldest and the largest of the many computer nets--webs of interconnected mainframes and workstations--that facilitated the Defense Department's transfer of data.

ALAN DOLBY DOESN T MAKE CALLS, he wrote back. Glasgow was where Dolby had first been rumbled, three months previously, when a file he had created as a back door had been discovered. It was Glasgow that had alerted the rest of the system operators on JANET that there was a hacker. So there may have been an element of revenge when, one night, the Glasgow system manager, Dr. Roger MacKenzie, tried to access the mainframe from his home PC and found that he had been "locked out"--barred from his own computer.

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