Exploding the Phone.
Exploding the Phone
c/o Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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New York, NY 10003
9780802120618, $26.00, www.groveatlantic.com
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell provides a lively survey of the tinkerers and pranksters who turned AT&T's telephone system into a joke. Before smartphones or the personal computer, a group of teens, outlaws and geeks figured out how to hack the telephone system: the network had a flaw and once uncovered various groups exploited it. At once a history of the flaw, the hackings, and the birth of long-distance communications, this provides a lively survey of all, is based on original interviews and declassified documents, and is a top recommendation for all kinds of collections, from general interest holdings to those strong in telecommunications history and culture.
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|Title Annotation:||'Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell'|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||May 1, 2013|
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