phreaking


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phreak

 (frēk)
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.
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phreaking

(ˈfriːkɪŋ)
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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References in periodicals archive ?
Electronics and phreaking (phreaking is trying to break someone's security network).
An early predecessor to modern day telephone and computer hacking was a practice that came to be known as phone "phreaking." Phreaking was a term used to describe practices in which individuals would "study, experiment with, [and] explore telecommunication systems, such as equipment and systems connected to public telephone networks." (15) In the 1950s and 1960s, phone phreaking arose out of curiosity on the part of intelligent youth including, but not limited to, students from some of the nation's top universities.
Computer hacking is a direct product of the youth-driven phone phreaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s (Lapsley, 2013).
The phone-based attacks, which resulted in the breach and subsequent publication of sensitive conversations among British counterterrorism employees over the victimized phone lines, used a somewhat novel hacking technique that had been popular among the earliest generation of hackers in the 1980s known as "phreaking." (16) While Hussain did not disclose any further specifics about the method he and other TeaMpOisoN members claimed to use to record the phone call, he said "the conversation was tapped into via a private phreaking method, their phone system is old and we found a way to get in via basic but private phreaking technique." (17) As claimed, this hacking method likely enabled the hackers to eavesdrop on and record the conversations of officers in London's MPS.
The hacking of telephone systems, known as "phreaking", "toll fraud" or "dial through fraud" is becoming an increasingly profitable business for organised crime groups, according to the Yorkshire-based Business Crime Reduction Centre.
Then he added: "The conversation was tapped into via a private phreaking method, their phone system is old and we found a way to get in via basic but private phreaking technique."
"Their phone system is old and we found a way to get in via a basic but private phreaking technique," said Trick.
He got started early, figuring out how to game the Los Angeles bus system as an alienated 1970s teenager before graduating into phone phreaking, manipulating the telephone system into serving up endless free long-distance minutes.
Tempest is a codename describing electrical, mechanical, or acoustical energy emissions from any device containing information that could affect national security (in contrast, Van Eck phreaking is the process of eavesdropping on these emissions).
Known as "phreaking", this type of fraud has been around for years with hackers often selling access to networks to organised gangs.
Known as "phreaking", this type of fraud has been around for a number of years with hackers often selling access to networks to organised gangs.