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Over that period of time, these two groups of people have faced off and crystallized into opposing teams. The network is now at war and these are the soldiers. Crackers fight furiously for recognition and often realize it through spectacular feats of technical prowess. A month cannot go by without a newspaper article about some site that has been cracked. Equally, hackers work hard to develop new methods of security to ward off the cracker hordes. Who will ultimately prevail? It is too early to tell.

The document in question is RFC 602: The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care. RFC 602 was posted by Bob Metcalfe in December, 1973. The subject matter concerned weak passwords. In it, Metcalfe writes: The ARPA Computer Network is susceptible to security violations for at least the three following reasons: 1. Individual sites, used to physical limitations on machine access, have not yet taken sufficient precautions toward securing their systems against unauthorized remote use. For example, many people still use passwords which are easy to guess: their fist [sic] names, their initials, their host name spelled backwards, a string of characters which are easy to type in sequence (such as ZXCVBNM).

As time went on, the technology in this area became more and more advanced. New boxes like the red box were developed. The term boxing came to replace the term phreaking, at least in general conversation, and boxing became exceedingly popular. This resulted in even further advances, until an entire suite of boxes was developed. 1 lists a few of these boxes. 1. Boxes and their uses. Box What It Does Blue Seizes trunk lines using a 2600MHz tone, thereby granting the boxer the same privileges as the average operator Dayglo Allows the user to connect to and utilize his or her neighbor's telephone line Aqua Reportedly circumvents FBI taps and traces by draining the voltage on the line Mauve Used to tap another telephone line Chrome Seizes control of traffic signals There are at least 40 different boxes or devices within this class.

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