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The hacker crackdown : law and disorder on the electronic frontier

Author: Bruce Sterling
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1993, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The AT&T long-distance network crashes, and millions of calls go unanswered. A computer hacker reprograms a switching station, and calls to a Florida probation office are shunted to a New York phone-sex hotline. An underground computer bulletin board publishes a pilfered BellSouth document on the 911 emergency system, making it available to anyone who dials up. How did so much illicit power reach the hands of an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Sterling
ISBN: 055356370X 9780553563702
OCLC Number: 30469826
Notes: Originally published : 1992.
Includes index.
Description: xiv, 316 pages ; 18 cm
Responsibility: Bruce Sterling.

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The AT&T long-distance network crashes, and millions of calls go unanswered. A computer hacker reprograms a switching station, and calls to a Florida probation office are shunted to a New York phone-sex hotline. An underground computer bulletin board publishes a pilfered BellSouth document on the 911 emergency system, making it available to anyone who dials up. How did so much illicit power reach the hands of an undisciplined few - and what should be done about it? You are about to descend into a strange netherworld - one that sprang into existence when computers were first connected to telephones. Like any frontier, it is home to a wide range of personalities, from legitimate computer professionals to those known only by their noms de net; denizens like Knight Lightning, Leftist, Compu-Phreak, Major Havoc, and Silver Spy; groups like the Lords of Chaos, Phantom Access Associates, Shadow Brotherhood, and the Coalition of Hi-Tech Pirates. In the massive "hacker crackdowns" of 1990, law enforcement officers executed search warrants across the country against lawbreakers - and suspected lawbreakers - in the computer underground.

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