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English Dictionary: Phreaking by the DICT Development Group
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From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   phreaking /freek'ing/ n.   [from `phone phreak'] 1. The art and
   science of {cracking} the phone network (so as, for example, to make
   free long-distance calls).   2. By extension, security-cracking in
   any other context (especially, but not exclusively, on
   communications networks) (see {cracking}).
  
      At one time phreaking was a semi-respectable activity among
   hackers; there was a gentleman's agreement that phreaking as an
   intellectual game and a form of exploration was OK, but serious
   theft of services was taboo.   There was significant crossover
   between the hacker community and the hard-core phone phreaks who ran
   semi-underground networks of their own through such media as the
   legendary "TAP Newsletter".   This ethos began to break down in the
   mid-1980s as wider dissemination of the techniques put them in the
   hands of less responsible phreaks.   Around the same time, changes in
   the phone network made old-style technical ingenuity less effective
   as a way of hacking it, so phreaking came to depend more on overtly
   criminal acts such as stealing phone-card numbers.   The crimes and
   punishments of gangs like the `414 group' turned that game very
   ugly.   A few old-time hackers still phreak casually just to keep
   their hand in, but most these days have hardly even heard of `blue
   boxes' or any of the other paraphernalia of the great phreaks of
   yore.
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   phreaking
  
      /freek'ing/ "phone phreak" 1. The art and science of
      {cracking} the telephone network so as, for example, to make
      free long-distance calls.
  
      2. By extension, security-{cracking} in any other context
      (especially, but not exclusively, on communications networks).
  
      At one time phreaking was a semi-respectable activity among
      hackers; there was a gentleman's agreement that phreaking as
      an intellectual game and a form of exploration was OK, but
      serious theft of services was taboo.   There was significant
      crossover between the hacker community and the hard-core phone
      phreaks who ran semi-underground networks of their own through
      such media as the legendary "TAP Newsletter".
  
      This ethos began to break down in the mid-1980s as wider
      dissemination of the techniques put them in the hands of less
      responsible phreaks.   Around the same time, changes in the
      phone network made old-style technical ingenuity less
      effective as a way of hacking it, so phreaking came to depend
      more on overtly criminal acts such as stealing phone-card
      numbers.
  
      The crimes and punishments of gangs like the "414 group"
      turned that game very ugly.   A few old-time hackers still
      phreak casually just to keep their hand in, but most these
      days have hardly even heard of "blue boxes" or any of the
      other paraphernalia of the great phreaks of yore.
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
      (1994-11-09)
  
  
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