HACKER TIMELINE

1865 
     U.S. Secret Service (USSS) founded. 
1876 
     Alexander Graham Bell invents telephone. 
1878 
     First teenage males flung off phone system by enraged 
	authorities. 
1939 
     "Futurian" science-fiction group raided by Secret Service. 
1971 
     Yippie phone phreaks start YIPL/TAP magazine. 
1972 
     Ramparts magazine seized in blue-box rip-off scandal. 
1978 
     Ward Christenson and Randy Suess create first personal computer 
	bulletin board system. 
1982 
     William Gibson coins term "cyberspace." 
     "414 Gang" raided. 1983-1983 AT&T dismantled in divestiture. 
1984
     Congress passesComprehensive Crime Control Act giving USSS 
	jurisdiction over credit card fraud and computer fraud. 
1984 
     "Legion of Doom" formed. 
1984 
     2600: The Hacker Quarterly founded. 
1984 
     Whole Earth Software Catalog published. 
1985 
     First police "sting" bulletin board systems established.  
     Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link computer conference (WELL) goes on-line. 
1986 
     Computer Fraud and Abuse Act passed. 
1986 
     Electronic Communications Privacy Act passed. 
1987 
     Chicago prosecutors form Computer Fraud and Abuse Task Force. 
1988 A Cornell student sent a worm program over the Internet that penetrated 
	military and intelligence systems, shutting down 6,000 computers.
     July. Secret Service covertly videotapes "SummerCon" hacker convention. 
	September.
     "Prophet" cracks BellSouth AIMSX computer network and downloads E911 
	Document to his own computer and to Jolnet. 
     September.  AT&T Corporate Information Security informed of Prophet's 
	action. 
     October.  Bellcore Security informed of Prophet's action. 
1989 
     January. Prophet uploads E911 Document to Knight Lightning. February 25. 
	Knight Lightning publishes E911 Document in Phrack electronic 
	newsletter. 
     May. Chicago Task Force raids and arrests "Kyrie." 
     June. "NuPrometheus League" distributes Apple Computer proprietary 
	software. 
     June 13. Florida probation office crossed with phone-sex line in 
	switching-station stunt. 
     July. "Fry Guy" raided by USSS and Chicago Computer Fraud and Abuse 
	Task Force. 
     July. Secret Service raids "Prophet", "Leftist", and "Urvile" in Georgia
1990 
     January 15. Martin Luther King Day Crash strikes AT&T long-distance 
	network nationwide. 
     January 18-19. Chicago Task Force raids Knight Lightning in St. Louis. 
     January 24. USSS and New York State Police raid "Phiber Optik", 
	"Acid Phreak", and "Scorpion" in New York City. 
     February 1. USSS raids "Terminus" in Maryland. 
     February 3. Chicago Task Force raids Richard Andrews' home. 
     February 6. Chicago Task Force raids Richard Andrews' business. 
     February 6. USSS arrests Terminus, Prophet, Leftist, and Urvile. 
     February 9. Chicago Task Force arrests Knight Lightning. 
     February 20. AT&T Security shuts down public-access "attctc" computer in Dallas. 
     February 21. Chicago Task Force raids Robert Izenberg in Austin. 
     March 1. Chicago Task Force raids Steve Jackson Games, Inc., "Mentor," 
	and "Eric Bloodaxe" in Austin. 
     May 7,8,9. USSS and Arizona Organized Crime and Racketeering Bureau conduct
     "Operation Sundevil" raids in Cincinnatti, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, 
	Newark, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Tucson, San Diego, San Jose, 
	and San Francisco. 
     May. 
     FBI interviews John Perry Barlow re NuPrometheus case. 
     June. Mitch Kapor and Barlow found Electronic Frontier Foundation; 
     Barlow publishes Crime and Puzzlement manifesto. 
     July 24-27. Trial of Knight Lightning. 
1991 
     February. CPSR Roundtable in Washington, D.C. 
     March 25-28. Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in San Francisco. 
     May 1. Electronic Frontier Foundation, Steve Jackson, and others file 
	suit against members of Chicago Task Force. 
     July 1-2. Switching station phone software crash affects Washington, Los 
	Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco. 
     September 17. AT&T phone crash affects New York City and three airports. 
1993
     April 22.  Hacker accused of rigging radio contests in San Francisco.
1994 A Russian computer hacker tapped into the Citibank's funds transfer 
	system, taking more than $10 million.
     A 16-year-old British hacker broke into the computer system at an 
	Air Force laboratory in Rome, N.Y.
1996 
     March.  Hacker named u4ea in Boston is finally caught.
     August 18.  Hacker Vandalizes Web Site Of U.S. Justice Department.
     April 24.  Hacker reaches plea bargain with federal prosecutors.
     August 28.  Political Hackers Break Into Moscow Channel.
     September 14.  New York's Panix Service Is Crippled by Hacker Attack.
     September 19.  Hackers Vandalize C.I.A.'s Web Page.	
     September 28.  Hacker Zaps Tens of Thousands Of Postings on Usenet System.


This site was created with the help of "The Chronology of the Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling ( http://www.lysator.liu.se/etexts/hacker/chrono.html ) and independent research.