Stewart Brand once said that, "Information wants to be free," and the editors of "2600" have taken that idea to fascinating extremes. This digest is also a hacking primer, full of concrete data on navigating through U.S. phone systems, the VMS operating systems, satellite jamming, building "boxes," etc. What's ironic about "2600" is that it is precisely the kind of document that the cops were looking for when they came down on Steve Jackson Games as part of their Operation Sun Devil. If only the cops had asked some bright 16 year old for subscription information, they might have saved everybody a lot of trouble.
Emmanuel Goldstein, editor
P.O. Box 752
Middle island, NY 11953-0752
Individual: $21/year (4 issues), Corporate $50, Overseas $30.
Here is the TEXT POPUP for 2600:
Trashing [going through a telephone company's garbage] is hardly a revolutionary practice. Articles on the subject have appeared in TAP and 2600. I hear tales off and on about the rewards other phreakers have gained from trollopping through their local telco's garbage bins. I also see text files on various BBS's about trashing.
- Dr. Williams
AUTOVON is an acronym for "AUTOmatic Voice Network," and is a single system with the DCS (Defense Communications System). It is presently based on electro-mechanical switches, and is a world-wide network for "unsecure" voice communications for the DOD and several related agencies. . .
How to Participate: You can easily alter your touch-tone phone to make it have an extra column that utilizes the 1633 Hz tone. Standard Bell phones have two tone generating coils, each of which can generate four tones. This gives you 16 possibilities of which you only use 12. This leaves you with access to the four unexplored tones. A standard way to modify the touch tone phone is to install a switch to tell it whether to use the silver box tones or not. When the switch is in one position, you will get normal tones, in the other you'll get 1633 Hz tones. Bell calls these buttons A,B,C, and D, while the Army named them, from highest to lowest, Flash Override, Flash, Immediate, and Priority. All other calls are called routine if no precedence button is pushed. . .