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Numb: 1 Subj: Basic Telecom From: THE VIDEOSMITH Date: Thu May 09 1985

To all would-be students, and interested passer-by's,

This is Phreak Klass[room] 2600. A board dedicated to the teaching of the arts of BelTel and System Hacking. My name is The Videosmith, and I am not the greatest Phreak that ever lived… nor am I the best Hacker that has ever lived; I'll let you know now that I am not the ultimate in the credit card fraud industry. BUT: I know enough about all the catagories mentioned above to be able to teach others what I know [trust me, I DO know something, I'm just not the best- basically because there is no 'best'… there are specialties…].

 You are one of the following:

1) A 'loser' (define as you will) who has dragged himself off the streets and would like to educate himself so that people don't [can't] pick on him who are better phreaks. Now, I don't mind it if you are learning here just to get a little knowledge, but you won't go far. There MUST be dedicatation.

2) You know SOMETHING, but not enough to call yourself a phreak, and would like to learn more.

3) You know more than the average codew user, but would like to learn more about phreaking and hacking [hacking especially].

4) You are NOT a phreak or hacker, but would like to be one.

5) You are a friend/observer of mine who wants to see what the hell I'm doing teaching non-phreaks on a BBS called Phreak Klass 2600.

All of the above are welcomed, but as I stated in #1, you must have a certain ammount of dedication to the Klass… I will know who will make it to High Phreak and who will stop calling after a while by the 5th msg you post…

NO CODES/PASSWORDS NOR ANYTHING THAT IS *ACTUAL* INFORMATION IS TO BE POSTED ON THIS BOARD. I will be teaching HOW to get this info, but you are the ones who will actually be getting the info and using it.

Now, this board will begin with basic questions on how the board will be run, and if some of you have questions on BASIC TELECOM [Meaning simple Bell info and the like], feel free to ask/post them. 'Tis all for now…


Numb: 4 Subj: Answers. From: THE VIDEOSMITH Date: Mon May 13 1985

Alright. I was gone overnight, and this is what happens. Here are some answers, and RE-answers (after some clumsy or un-intelligable previous answers)….

LATA Explained. Well, there have been 2 or more msgs explaining what LATA STANDS for, but not what it is… LATA is a regionalized [section] of the telephone network, which is defined by who owns that 'region' in terms of the different companies after the Bell break-up. At this moment, I'm making an intra-LATA call on the BOC intra- LATA network. Now, anytime you make a call WITHIN your 'region' or LATA, you are making an intRA-LATA call, opposed to an intER-LATA call… if I made a long distance call (OR a call out of my LATA), I would be making an inter- LATA call: I am calling a LATA other than within my own. LATA defines the region/ownership [billing] of the Bell network you are on. That's all that I need to go into for a Basic board… it was not a basic question: Because now you have the question of Intra- LATA signalling (Blue Boxing, etc…).

ISC? The only thing that that MIGHT be corresponding to (although I am inform- ed that it is an OLD term), is Inter or Intra-State Calling… this is now referred to as LATA, if this is in ac- tuality what ISC stands for…

As The Duke stated, TRW is a credit information bureau which hold credit information on millions of people all over the country. TRW computers, which hold this credit information, have become the target of many a hacker. With a TRW account, you can receive credit information (card #'s included, obviously) on any one who uses a bank or such an institution that uses TRW for credit checking. TRW is not always the best way to get cards for CC Fraud, because often the cards found on TRW are on TRW because they have had some bad credit history. Now, The Duke has written a file on Carding. The first and only time I got to look at it, it had several errors/problems with it… I assume he has corrected his file, and if so- it will be on the board when you pass the course on BASIC Tele… enough on TRW…

COSMOS is for the Advanced Telecomm- unications board…. but I'll give a general run-down on what COSMOS is and what it is used for. COSMOS, a computer built by Bell Laboratories [based in Massachusettes], is a computer which handles Residential/Busniess customer telephone information (numbers, names, address and such), and is used to put orders thru on such customers. It is used to process the 'goings-on' which occur in the particular region that the certain COSMOS serves (Disconnections, changes, Non-pubs, 3-way, Billing, and such… that does not mean that you can always find Non-pub numbers on COSMOS, but when a customer requests NON-pub, it goes thru a COSMOS 1st). COSMOS' OS is called COSNIX. COSNIX is similar to UNIX (Also produced by Bell Labs), in which both are – EXTREMELY un-user friendly… although with a good set of manuals (or GFiles) you can probably inch your way around COSMOS if you have never been on a COSMOS system before… COSMOS, as I said, is a 'hacked' computer, in which case it belongs on B3… so that's all on COSMOS for now…

At the present time, ALL extenders are safe, as long as you don't say YOUR name and/or number on the telephone while youare making an illegal call… Taps seem to be coming from no-where these days. Metro is safe, MCI is safe, Sprint is safe… they're all safe. The most that can happen (if you are careful about what you say on the connection) is that the LDX will call the # you called and ask snooping questions, or worse: THEY'LL KILL THE CODE (Ahhh! My lasty METRO!). The only extenders I wouldn't use right now are 950, because - Yes, your # IS recorded by a CAMA office (DON'T ask, Centralized Automatic Message Accounting… used for billing on calls), although the LDX's have not yet found a way to get these numbers from the CAMA Toll Office and use them for billing (But who knows when they WILL, stay away from 'em if possible), it's always possible. I'll explain about the future of extender usage at a later date. One last comment on Extenders… to be safe, don't use the main number in a hunt-sequential rotary group (i.e., a group of numbers set up at the local switching office so that when you call the main number (i.e. the first #), it will place you in a non-busy num- ber slot in a group of numbers set up for that certain extender company… that's why you almost never get a busy signal when calling the first number in a rotary group). Use one of the #'s further into the rotary group… let's say the main number for Metro is 351- 0100 (it is in 215)… call 351-0101, 0102,0103,0104, etc, because if they WERE to use ANI on any number, it would be the main/first number in the rotary group.

note: ANI- Automatic Number Ident.

Trunks are 'lines' which connect CO's, or "Central Offices"… every switch is a "CO", therefore from every echange to every other exchange, you have a Trunk or Tandem or Tandon (same and alike) connected every switch to each other. This makes it possible for a person on a certain switch to speak to a person on a different switch:

You —– Your CO —- Trunk —–


Friend←- Friends CO - Trunk —–

That's BASIC, as to apply to the level of this board. There is more involved depending on the call you are making, but that's the basic diagram Blue Boxing will be handled once you reach the fourth and last board, High Phreak. Until then, Basic questions on Multi-Frequency signalling, please.

You need a base which to build upon…

PIN Registers. There must have been a msg which de-abbreviated P.I.N… (ha). PIN's are used to detect AND record any and all Bell recognizable tones issuing forth from the number on which those tones are being used. This includes DTMF (Dual Tone Multo-Frequency), and MF (Multi-Frequency) tones… meaning touch-tone and blue boxes (simplifica- tion). PIN Registors also pick up any pulse dialing and translate the pulses into digits and records them… so those of you with rotary fones, GOTCHA. PIN registors are not used like water – they are used only for highly sus pected (and could-be convicted) Phone Phreaks… THERE ARE NO PIN REGISTORS ON ALLIANCE CONFERENCES… Nonononono. Alliance records the number prior to any recording device - when you call some one into an alliance, you just gave alliance that number - no record- ing device needed (they can't do any- thing with the # anyway). Also, PIN's DO NOT record the codes used after you dial an extender, so they're pretty use-less there… they can detect MF tones (Boxing) on the line, and that's the biggy… Ok?


Although the my outlook on phreaking (as it is done now) is bleak, we still have a WAYS to go before phreaking is dead, so stop all this talk about the end of phreaking before you've learn- ed what phreaking is really about… and for those who think phreaking is JUST a way to make free calls, you're going to have a borING time on this BBS… plus I look down on you (HA! So there!). No, all joking aside, the art of Phreaking was not designed for free calls for the sake of no charge: but phree calls for the sake of know- ing HOW TO… and knowing MUCHMUCHMUCH more than that. Free calls is minor compared to other phreakly talents used by the 'upper circle' of phreaks. CCIS will take care of blue boxing… Equal Access will EVENTUALLY (not for another 5 years) kill extenders… and local "tracing" (1995, explained LATER), will kill most everything else. But there will always be something… Bell doesn't evolve technologically alone (we're HERE). Equal Access will allow the LDC customer to dial "1" on his/her DTMF pad, and get the extender instead of AT&T… simple. You get a choice of long dist companies… but instead of having to dial them up, you tell Bell/AT&T to give "1" access to Sprint instead of the usual AT&T…. Ok? Anything else?


Numb: 10 Subj: [Continued…] From: THE VIDEOSMITH Date: Tue May 14 1985

If you're going to play 'I-have-all-the -answers', then make sure you have the RIGHT ANSWERS. Don't make anything up for anyone's benefit, because it won't benefit anyone. Sound good to you? Ok. —–Sorry–A tad ticked off———– The reason for the previous statement is this: This and other area codes have been plagued with idiots who feel that because they read something in some one 's message (who they deem 'knowledgable'), they should take it as the gosple, and go spread it around… as what happened with 'tracing'… all kinds of crap came out of that in this area code… It has been stamped out by myself, and later I had the appreciated help of Modem Rider [215]. Assailant, besides your mis-information, you basically re-stated what I stated about extender usage… I don't need an on- line echo (leave resume, possibly later). All has been said that needs to be said at this moment: Assailant, I have no grief with you unless you dec- ide to handle this like a loser (which you don't seem to have the traits of). You asked if you could take the test, AGAIN: I say this- I'll give you the test if you want it that badly… but I'll tell you now, it's not easy. You need EXPERIENCE to pass it… but I'll see how much certain people know on this board. It'll take you a while be- fore I tests you again if you fail to regain testing… I'm not interested in people who jump the gun…


PS - No jokes…

Numb: 11 Subj: Course is here. From: THE VIDEOSMITH Date: Sat May 18 1985

One correction in Red's last message– Do not answer any questions if you can not answer them completely and you KNOW you're correct in your answer.

The Course: Phreak Klassroom 2600 … ———————————Basic-

I will now begin the course in Basic

Tele. We will start out with the basics of Basic Tele (sounds good, eh?).

I entered the phreaking world when we

were hacking TELTEC, and such 'incred- ible' extenders. Legion of Doom, a group completely devoted to phreaking & hacking, hadn't yet begun (I mention this because most of the newer phreaks have stepped intoan era where LOD! is one of the most dominating groups in the country). There wasn't much 'Blue Boxing' going on… not too many people really KNEW about the Bell Network. The big thing was exnteders, and every once in a while an 'overseas extender' (Which in many cases was actually a PBX when the majority of the populous did not know much about BelTel and it's workings…). Travel Net became very popular among the 1-800 extenders, some people with rotary fone service could use it because it could be voice activ- ated. And one of the biggest rumors going around was "tracing", and exactly how fast it would ta [S]can/[Q]uit/[1-16, Last=11] :

Numb: 12 Subj: [cont] From: THE VIDEOSMITH Date: Sat May 18 1985

It may still be now, I'm not sure. I suppose I was quite impressionable at that time… anyway, it did begin with 'just' extenders.


Basics. Extenders "rent" Out-Wats

lines (trunks you can out-pulse on… unlike an In-Wats, like many 800's). They really own their own switching equiptment. In otherwords, you use your local switch (Central Office) to call their switch, and then you are routed to what ever number you entered after your code. This can make for a completely lousy connection, but it seems that some extender companies have found ways to cut down on line noise and make clear'er' connections. All extenders use "hunt-sequentially rotary groups" (various different variations on that name… let's use that for practicality). These are groups of numbers which have a "lead" number. When you dial the "lead" or first number of the rotary group (By the way, it's called a rotary group because in the old X-Bar (Crossbar) & SxS (Step-by-Step) equiptment, there would actually be a circular device which would turn to let you connect w/ an UN-busy line on the group), you are connected with the first open (non- busy) line in the group. This insures that you don't get a busy signal (most of the time), and that you don't have to go around and dial 12 numbers before you can use the LDX. [cont]

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