@blueberry Being the actual guy they made the movie War Games about. :D
..A friend and I also busted a Russian spy ring, but nobody remembers that.

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@jtlong woah this movie???imdb.com/title/tt0086567/

That’s also pretty cool. How’d you do it? Also, I’ve heard that all the extra surveillance by the US has never actually helped do anything like that. What are your thoughts?

@blueberry Back in the day, you could enter 1's and 0's in to the computer system just by clicking the receiver on the analog handset to create characters.. sort of like morse code. I would do the typing and have a friend write down my digits and the response digits. We would just 'ping' through each menu figuring out what did what, one at a time. There was no security. I'm not sure NASA ever figured it out. Magic Mountain sure did though.

@jtlong interesting! Too bad I wasn’t around to do things like that when there was hardly any security in computers :)

@blueberry The first security they implemented was a parity bit. So every 9th click was always an extra 1. Then they tried no parity bit, every 9th click was a zero. They just kept changing junk and throwing stuff at the wall. It stopped being fun after the baud rates got too fast to type by hand. We mucked around with hacked modems and black boxes, but once they started doing actual authentication, THEN hacking in would have been illegal. We quit after that.

@blueberry Yep, that's the movie. I got my Commodore VIC-20 and modem in 1981, got bored with the whole mess by 1982. Somebody at the base must have leaked an incident report to Hollywood, because too many of the details line up. It was actually a few years before the movie came out on VHS tape and I saw it. When I showed it to my friend I had help me, he turned sheet white and asked how they knew about it?! The last half of the movie is pure fiction, of course. ;)

@jtlong wow, not sure I’ll ever get to say I had a movie made about me

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