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The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey

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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)

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.

24 years of enduring exploits, creative controversy, and hackers who made history

It's colorful, controversial, cutting-edge — and you can't wait to read the next issue. Since its birth in 1984, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly has published the discoveries and adventures of hackers worldwide. Now you can enjoy the best of them all in this entertaining, provocative collection. From the first curious and intrepid souls who discovered they could outwit Ma Bell to those who've hacked the Department of Defense and ParadisePoker.com, they're all here, telling their stories in their own words.

Trailblazing tales from 2600

  • Hacking an election

  • An American Express phone story

  • The world vs. Kevin Mitnick

  • How to track any UK GSM mobile phone

  • Pirate radio primer

  • Simplex locks — so simple to break

  • A hacker in Iraq

  • The saga of Bernie S

  • All the details about DeCSS

  • Hacking Google Adwords

About the Author

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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