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intr.v. phreaked, phreak·ing, phreaks Slang
To manipulate a telephone system illicitly to allow one to make calls without paying for them.

[Alteration of freak (influenced by phone).]

phreak′er n.


(Telecommunications) the act of gaining unauthorized access to telecommunication systems, esp to obtain free calls
[C20: blend of freaking + phone]
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In 1971, Esquire ran an article about Engressia, Draper and the whole phreaker scene.
Draper conocio a Denny Teresi, un phreaker ciego quien lo inicio en la intrusion telefonica: un desafio tecnico y, a la vez, una forma de protesta en contra de las corporaciones.
16) In those early days, the exploration and manipulation of telecommunication channels was not prompted by money, but rather a mere fascination with the virtual world in which phreakers could interact and explore the bounds of new communication technology.
Although the movie The 414s does not specifically touch on religion, it does illustrate the first step in the burgeoning world of hackers and phreakers (phone hackers) and the grey realm of the World Wide Web which offered utopian possibilities to them.
Lessons can be also learnt from how telcos secured their public-switched telephone networks (PSTNs) from phreakers.
They were called crackers or, when they were sneaking onto telephone networks, phone phreakers.
Schwartau, Winn, Cybershock: Surviving Hackers, Phreakers, Identity Thieves, Internet Terrorists and Weapons of Mass Disruption (New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2000), page 45.