Science: Superzapping in Computerland

Also scavenging, piggybacking and other new electronic capers

The customer, calling from Ottawa, was furious. Someone, he complained to officials of Telenet, a telecommunications network based in Vienna, Va., was using its lines to penetrate his company's computer. As a result, his operations were fouled up. The next week another computer network, named Datapac and tied to Telenet, got a similar call from a firm in Montreal. Its circuits too were being plagued by electronic interlopers.

Operating out of unknown terminals, possibly hundreds of miles away, the intruders had tapped into—or "accessed," in computer...

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