Book Discussion on Exploding the Phone

Phil Lapsley talked about his book, Exploding the Phone: The untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell, in which he… read more

Phil Lapsley talked about his book, Exploding the Phone: The untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell, in which he presents a history of the phone system and a flaw in its operation that allowed hackers or “phone phreaks” to make free, long-distance phone calls through the use of a “blue box,” a device that mimicked tones used by AT&T. The use and distribution of the blue boxes was heralded by phone phreaks, including future Apple Computers co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, who built and sold the devices. Phil Lapsley spoke at Book Passage Bookstore in San Francisco. close

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Book Discussion on Exploding the Phone

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Public Affairs Event
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Speech
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States
First Aired:
Mar 16, 2013
Last Aired:
Mar 31, 2013

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  • Mar 16, 2013 | 11:03pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 17, 2013 | 5:06pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 31, 2013 | 2:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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