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The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey

ISBN: 978-0-470-29419-2
888 pages
July 2008
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Since 1984, the quarterly magazine 2600 has provided fascinating articles for readers who are curious about technology. Find the best of the magazine’s writing in Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey, a collection of the strongest, most interesting, and often most controversial articles covering 24 years of changes in technology, all from a hacker’s perspective. Included are stories about the creation of the infamous tone dialer “red box” that allowed hackers to make free phone calls from payphones, the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the insecurity of modern locks.
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Table of Contents


I The 1980s: In the Beginning.

1 Stories and Adventures.

2 The Last Days of Ma Bell.

3 New Toys to Play With.

4 The Early Days of the Net.

5 Corporate History.

6 Raids.

7 The Hacker Philosophy.

II The 1990s: The World Discovers Hackers.

8 Pop Culture and the Hacker World.

9 The Computer Revolution.

10 Learning to Hack Other Things.

11 More Hacker Stories and Adventures.

12 The Changing of the Telephone.

13 Hackers and the Law.

III 2000 and Beyond: A Changing Landscape.

14 The Lawsuits.

15 Still More Hacker Stories.

16 A New Era of Telephony.

17 Retail Hacking.

18 Toys of the 21st Century.


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Author Information

Emmanuel Goldstein has been editor and publisher of 2600 from the start. He also hosts a weekly radio show, Off the Hook; served as technical consultant for the 1995 feature film Hackers; and has testified before Congress on the issue of hacking and where the threat actually lies. You can visit the 2600 web site at www.2600.com, or contact 2600 by mail at 2600 Magazine, PO Box 752, Middle Island, NY 11953.
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" … The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey is an important, amazing book that tells the story of these kids and adults as they explore a new frontier."
—John Baichtal (Wired Blog, August, 2008)

"...a testament to a culture which thrived before computers and the internet mattered to most of the world." (New statesman, September, 2008)

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