Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell

Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell

Phil Lapsley


Before smartphones, again even ahead of the net and private computing device, a misfit staff of technophiles, blind children, hippies, and outlaws found out the right way to hack the world’s biggest computer: the phone method. beginning with Alexander Graham Bell’s progressive “harmonic telegraph,” through the center of the 20 th century the telephone procedure had grown into anything striking, an internet of state-of-the-art switching machines and human operators that associated jointly thousands of individuals like by no means ahead of. however the community had a billion-dollar flaw, and as soon as humans stumbled on it, issues might by no means be the same.

Exploding the Phone tells this tale in complete for the 1st time. It strains the delivery of long-distance communique and the phone, the increase of AT&T’s monopoly, the construction of the delicate machines that made all of it paintings, and the invention of Ma Bell’s Achilles’ heel. Phil Lapsley expertly weaves jointly the clandestine underground of “phone phreaks” who became the community into their digital playground, the mobsters who exploited its flaws to prevent the feds, the explosion of cell hacking within the counterculture, and the conflict among the phreaks, the telephone corporation, and the FBI.

The fabricated from broad unique study, Exploding the Phone is a ground-breaking, desirable book.

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