This book highlights the well known assault on hackers, when law enforcement officials successfully arrested scores of suspected. Illcit hackers and other computer-based lawbrakers. The text of the book being this story at the birth of cyberspace: the invention of the telephone. In this book it is described how the first hackersteenage boys-were hired as telephone operators who used their technical mastery, low threshold for boredom, and love of prank to wreak havoc accross the phone lines. From phone related hijinks, the book takes the reader into the border world of hacking and introduces many of the culprits-some who are fighted for a cause, some who are in it for kicks, and some who are traditional criminals after the fast buck.