Approaching Zero: Data Crime and the Computer Underworld by Bryan Clough (1993-05-19) by Bryan Clough;Paul Mungo
English | 1752 | ASIN: B01K92BN54 | 121 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
Fry Guy watched the computer screen as the cursor blinked. Beside him a small electronic box chattered
through a call routine, the numbers clicking audibly as each of the eleven digits of the phone number was
dialed. Then the box made a shrill, electronic whistle, which meant that the call had gone through; Fry Guy's
computer had been connected to another system hundreds of miles away.
The rise of the computer underworld to the point at which a single malicious program like Michelangelo can
cause law enforcement agencies, government ministries, and corporations to take special precautions, when
credit bureau information can be stolen and individuals' credit card accounts can be easily plundered, began
thirty years ago. Its impetus, curiously enough, was a simple decision by Bell Telephone to replace its human
operators with computers.