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 web and private desktop, a misfit staff of technophiles, blind youngsters, hippies, and outlaws found out the right way to hack the world’s biggest desktop: the phone approach. beginning with Alexander Graham Bell’s progressive “harmonic telegraph,” through the center of the 20th century the telephone procedure had grown into whatever outstanding, an internet of state of the art switching machines and human operators that associated jointly thousands of individuals like by no means earlier than. however the community had a billion-dollar flaw, and as soon as humans came upon it, issues could by no means be the same.

Exploding the Phone tells this tale in complete for the 1st time. It lines the beginning of long-distance conversation and the phone, the increase of AT&T’s monopoly, the construction of the subtle 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 grew to become the community into their digital playground, the mobsters who exploited its flaws to prevent the feds, the explosion of mobile hacking within the counterculture, and the conflict among the phreaks, the telephone corporation, and the FBI.

The made from wide unique study, Exploding the Phone is a ground-breaking, appealing book.

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