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Fcc Warning To Pirates

Discussion in 'FCC Activity' started by kaos513, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Anybody remember Captain Crunch aka John Draper? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Draper


     

  2. unit_399

    unit_399 EL CAPO

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    There were a lot of phone "hacks" back in the day. When AT&T first implemented touch-tone dialing and ESS (electronic switching systems), the Bell Labs wanted to brag and issued a paper telling how the system worked. Knowledgeable folks took the info and figured our how to manipulate the system in so many ways. One of the best was injecting a tone that turned off the billing switch and allowed free long distance calls. One of the best scams was when a phone hacker used his knowledge of the phone company switching system to fraudulently win a pair of his and hers Corvettes during a Socal radio station giveaway. Oh for the good old days.

    - 399
     
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  3. Crusher

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    Phreak or Phreaker
     
  4. sunbulls

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    Some were proficient in using an Oscar Mayer weiner whistle to hack the system.
     
  5. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    Been three years since I last spoke to John, aka Captain Crunch. He seemed a lot more lucid than he had in years.

    Seems he finally got around to writing about it all. http://www.webcrunchers.com/

    73
     
  6. Blackcat630

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    I didn't know anything about "phreaking". I just spent the last 30 minutes reading the history and tech used in this underground activity. Its fascinating.. thanks for sharing.
     
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  7. Captain Kilowatt

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    When I posted about John I was thinking that someone here knew him but wasn't sure which member it was. I bet he has some stories. LOL I remember seeing him on television several years ago on a show about the history of hacking.
     
  8. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    Every time I attend a con where John's on hand I'll seek him out to say hello and wish him well. Wozniak looked after him off and on for a long time best he could, but John seems to have gotten his feet under him the last few years. Living at a permanent address, rather than under overpasses.

    But I doubt he'd know me from Adam.

    A true genius. And proof that the line between genius and insanity can be mighty thin.

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  9. Captain Kilowatt

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    I have always thought there was a little bit of insanity in every genius and a whole lot in a few.
     
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  10. Highway Man

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    one of my favorite Art Bell shows
     
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