SPOTLIGHT: The original "phone phreak" dies


The name of Joe Engrassia, a.k.a. Joybubbles, may not mean much to those in today's telco community, but in some ways he was the original public network hacker, a so-called "phone phreak" who could mimic electronic tones well enough that he could initiate free calls. Hacking has become serious business, but Joybubbles was a throwback to a more free-spirited time, when a phone phreak could inspire legions, and occasionally get arrested, but not necessarily cause too much damage in the process. Read the obituary in The New York Times

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