"Secrets of the Little Blue Box" [telecom]

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The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs.

By Ron Rosenbaum

In 1971, Slate columnist Ron Rosenbaum wrote an article for Esquire
about a loose confederation of proto-hackers who built devices -
little blue boxes - that could crack phone networks. According the New
York Times obituary of Apple founder Steve Jobs, after reading
Rosenbaum's article, Jobs and his partner in founding Apple, Steve
Wozniak, "collaborated on building and selling blue boxes, devices
that were widely used for making free - and illegal - phone
calls. They raised a total of $6,000 from the effort." The original
1971 article, "Secrets of the Little Blue Box," is reprinted below,
with permission from the author. It's also available in Rosenbaum's
collection "The Secret Parts of Fortune."


Bill Horne
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