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ACiD/CiA Alumni right here. ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on I Was a Teenage Hacker at Coding Horror
I hit the tail end of the BBS times but they were still around when I started hacking. I wasn't into software as much as knowledge in general. I was so into this amazing thing called UNIX. Operating systems of large companies was a huge driving force for me to get online and to pull down the latest 2600 or Phrack magazines. I had a dot matrix printer one summer and started printing everything I could find out of my 8088. My room was littered with code, UNIX command lists, phone number databases, credit and calling cards. I was up late war dialing 800 numbers for access to modem banks I could use to connect long distances to other BBSes. I had heard that major universities still had them up but that the numbers would change, whether that was true or not, I had found a bunch of 800 numbers with modems attached. I awoke one morning to find a number with PCAnywhere attached to a system that was wide open. It only took about 5 minutes to realize it was a car dealership in Idaho or something. I don't know if another hacker or salesman had left this open but I spent 2 more hours looking around, finding nothing of importance with a lame DOS prompt. One day my mother got a call from some crazy lady saying that a long distance call was charged to their business and that someone had charged 2 hours of time. Sticking up for me, like she did, my mom told the lady off and hung up. My mom then proceeded to go completely insane on me. She said cops were going to come and that I was screwed. I said "I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT" and dizzy, proceeded into my locked room where I started tearing up all the pieces of printed dot matrix paper in a manic fashion. I knew I was turning 18 soon and that laws would apply. I never felt so terrified in my life. Nothing ever happened, and of course that wasn't the end of my hacking adventures, but the story sounded really similar so I had to share. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on I Was a Teenage Hacker at Coding Horror
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