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phreak

n. a respelling of freak. You stupid freak! Why’d you do that?
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Most phreaks were building and using "boxes"--hardware that could hijack phone lines and use them in all sorts of ways the phone company never intended.
For the purpose of conciseness, this section treats as a single entity the characteristics of backers, crackers, and phreaks.
Understanding how those technologies open new areas of capability is increasingly becoming the province of computer scientists and a growing network of gifted amateurs--known as hackers, phreaks, and crackers.
Phreaks -- those who manipulate/crac the telephone system
Among the phone phreaks who transferred their obsessions to computers in the late 1970s and early 1980s were Steven Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, the co-founders of Apple Computer.
An overweight, lonely teen-ager, he dropped out of high school and found friends only when he stumbled into the world of phreaks - teens who used stolen phone codes to make free long-distance calls.
Charitably, he has only used the pseudonyms of most of the hackers and phreaks because he thought that the parents and loved ones of those people suffered enough when the individuals were exposed.
Once they gain access to a system, phreaks usually sell authorization codes to persons most likely to make international calls: illegal aliens and drug traffickers.
19) See Dean, supra note 15 (discussing businesses' use of phreaking methods for purposes of enabling call centers "to display one main telephone number on all outgoing calls, even though those calls were not really originating from those numbers"); see also Leeson 8c Coyne, supra note 18, at 513 (explaining Draper's discovery created an opportunity for exploitation of AT&T's switching system to make free long distance calls); Baraniuk, supra note 16 ("[H]ackers would phreak their way into teleconferencing systems in order to have all-night group discussions--always at the expense of someone else (a client of the teleconferencing company).