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The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling
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Apr 10, 09

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Read in January, 1994

This is my review from 1994: An interesting book for those who like computers, the ever-developing communication network, and the once smug and content telecommunications companies (telcos) verses the explorers of the new frontier of cyberspace and computer hackers.

I was unaware that AT&T's long distance phone network went down for about eight hours on January 15, 1990, caused most likely by computer hackers. Computer hackers had caused enough fuss to raise the ire of the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, the telcos, and many other large organizations and bureaucracies. Nor did I realize that hackers and phone phreaks share at least one common genealogical thread, they both were significantly influenced by the Yippe movement (Youth International Party) of which Abbie Hoffman was a prominent player.

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