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2009-08-24 01:50:37 PM  
So there is really no way for even the head of Verizon fraud control to beat spoofing? There is no check on that at all? That kid is a total monster but you can't help but be somewhat impressed with him. His victims largely consisted of phone hacker gangs and telephone company executives so it's hard to really hate the kid, either.

Anyways, good read. Thanks Subby
 
2009-08-24 02:17:32 PM  
SnakeLee:

Anyways, good read. Thanks Subby

Hear hear.
 
2009-08-24 02:26:44 PM  
Quite interesting, yep.
 
2009-08-24 02:29:38 PM  
Very good read. Cool story. I actually feel pretty bad for the kid. Seems like he's finally growing up though.
 
2009-08-24 02:44:38 PM  
Action Replay Nick: Very good read. Cool story. I actually feel pretty bad for the kid. Seems like he's finally growing up though.

If he was finally growing up he'd be taking responsibility for his actions, but he's still saying things like it wasn't his fault because he didn't have a dad and that messed him up. I can feel sorry for a kid being dealt a bum hand, but this kid is an egotistical bullying jerk. He had several chances etc and blew em off. Honestly, he got exactly what he deserved.
 
2009-08-24 02:47:44 PM  
This thread is worthless without Tommy.
 
2009-08-24 02:48:29 PM  
KC8501: Honestly, he got exactly what he deserved.

I definitely do think his prison sentence is fair. And I know what you mean, but in this case I do think his situation probably contributed to the development of a lousy personality. It doesn't seem to me like he's blaming others for his behavior, he seems like he's being retrospective about why he developed into such an asshole.
 
2009-08-24 03:08:05 PM  
When I saw the title and that it was in Rolling Stone, I thought the article might be about someone made insane by attending too many Bob Dylan concerts.
 
2009-08-24 03:15:36 PM  
7 pages... fark that.
 
2009-08-24 03:15:40 PM  
I think I've read this story before...
i210.photobucket.com
 
2009-08-24 03:16:16 PM  
Yeah, that was scary. You sure don't want to piss off some anonymous stranger online...you never know what might happen.

Uh, I haven't offended you people in any way have I?

*shifts eyes nervously*
 
2009-08-24 03:16:22 PM  
AuntNotAnt: This thread is worthless without Tommy.

seconded
 
2009-08-24 03:16:52 PM  
I'm surprised he didn't attract more attention sooner. I bet the CIA/NSA/FBI would have loved to have a guy who can do that on their payroll...
 
JJR
2009-08-24 03:17:47 PM  
Toy Cop 7 pages... fark that.
yeah.
 
2009-08-24 03:19:52 PM  
Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?
 
2009-08-24 03:20:10 PM  
He was a 14-year-old blind kid, angry and alone. Then he discovered that he possessed a strange and fearsome superpower

img179.imageshack.us

/third :(
 
2009-08-24 03:21:20 PM  
sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

Yeah, me too. I'm at work, so can only flip over to Fark periodically. Does it say in there anywhere - where the hell was his mother?
 
2009-08-24 03:22:08 PM  
KC8501: Action Replay Nick: Very good read. Cool story. I actually feel pretty bad for the kid. Seems like he's finally growing up though.

If he was finally growing up he'd be taking responsibility for his actions, but he's still saying things like it wasn't his fault because he didn't have a dad and that messed him up. I can feel sorry for a kid being dealt a bum hand, but this kid is an egotistical bullying jerk. He had several chances etc and blew em off. Honestly, he got exactly what he deserved.


This.

/farking idiot
//don't ask
///no offense to socially adept blindies
 
2009-08-24 03:23:46 PM  
Hearing Sarah Palin without seeing her is too much for anyone.
 
2009-08-24 03:24:19 PM  
WHAT?!?!
 
2009-08-24 03:24:23 PM  
Wired had an article on this kid last year.
 
2009-08-24 03:24:38 PM  
Save it for the hearing.
 
2009-08-24 03:27:35 PM  
sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

some of us enjoy reading, especially when it is a well written and thought compelling article such as this.
 
2009-08-24 03:28:55 PM  
Wait, why does he still have phone access?
 
2009-08-24 03:29:01 PM  
ericb45696:
sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

some of us enjoy reading sounding out the words, especially when it is a well written and thought compelling article such as this.
 
2009-08-24 03:29:06 PM  
"A tech-savvy student named Steve Wozniak, who would soon invent something called Apple with his friend Steve Jobs, once used a series of high-pitched whistles to make a free international call to the Vatican to prank the pope."

Kinky!
 
2009-08-24 03:29:28 PM  
*pulls whistle out of box of cereal, and blows into receiver*


Hello, this is 1992 calling. I just wanted to let you know that I'd like to have my story about a blind phreaker wrecking havoc on the unsuspecting public back, thanks.
 
2009-08-24 03:30:23 PM  
ericb45696: sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

some of us enjoy reading, especially when it is a well written and thought compelling article such as this.


Yes, extremely well written. I especially love how they articulated his actions on party lines, "Weigman began spending several hours a day talking shiat on assorted party lines." I smell a Pulitzer...
 
2009-08-24 03:31:31 PM  
gopher321: Yeah, that was scary. You sure don't want to piss off some anonymous stranger online...you never know what might happen.

Uh, I haven't offended you people in any way have I?

*shifts eyes nervously*


hey, just send me twenty bucks and we'll call it even.
 
2009-08-24 03:32:11 PM  
While reading that article, I kept expecting the kid to get hired on by Jukt Micronics.
 
2009-08-24 03:32:24 PM  
Free Kevin Mitnick!
 
2009-08-24 03:32:47 PM  
sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

Reading is hard.
 
2009-08-24 03:33:13 PM  
sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

Read the print version. It's only one page.
 
2009-08-24 03:33:26 PM  
Texas Chili Bowl.
 
2009-08-24 03:33:45 PM  
Overweight and unemployed, with a hairy chest and thick mustache

www.mediabistro.com
 
2009-08-24 03:34:00 PM  
"When you're a blind little tubby bald kid in a broke-ass family, and you have that one ability to make yourself feel good, what do you expect to happen?"

Nice.
 
2009-08-24 03:34:37 PM  
i69.photobucket.com

/Approves
//hotter than a dead cat on a spotlight
 
2009-08-24 03:36:35 PM  
Come on, what's his Fark handle already...
 
2009-08-24 03:38:32 PM  
Was it this guy?

dsmith77.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-08-24 03:39:19 PM  
sboyle1020: Overweight and unemployed, with a hairy chest and thick mustache

www.mediabistro.com


Actually, Carl works from home making and selling Guatemalan dolls twenty hours a week.
 
2009-08-24 03:39:59 PM  
Drew?
 
2009-08-24 03:40:48 PM  
FTFA: He dropped out of 10th grade, spending all day on the phone. His mother was proud that he had found something he was good at and glad he had finally made some friends, if only on the phone. "She left it alone because it was my social outlet," Weigman says.

And there is where we find the first of several decision points where the poorest decision was made. When you have somebody, anybody, doing something for 90% of their awake time, then that somebody has a serious problem and the only way it will continue is if they have enablers. And this ITG's mother was the enabler.

...continues reading...

"I'm not a monster or a terrorist," he says. "I'm just a guy who likes computers and telephones. I used my ability to do certain things in the wrong way. That's it."

Fark you, guy. You intentionally ruined other people's lives for crimes like not giving you phone sex. You diverted police resources from actual work and instead had them go to innocent people's houses for the lulz, again for no reason.

I hope you get your ass handed to you in the next 11 years in prison and it teaches you that there are consequences for actions.
 
2009-08-24 03:41:54 PM  
Hah. This "kid" is phenomenal. He clearly has talent, and they could be put to use in many ways. I think there are many people like this in society, only they are more likely to get prosecuted than directed down a better path.

Good read.
 
2009-08-24 03:42:20 PM  
My boss did a lot of the same stuff as a teen in the 80s -- created fake credit cards, manipulated telecom workers into doing his dirty work, etc. He also got a visit from the FBI, but he had the common sense to knock it off.

Had no idea this stuff was still going on! Good read, subby.
 
2009-08-24 03:44:25 PM  
Rolling Stone ran that story in the 80's. WTF?
 
2009-08-24 03:45:38 PM  
Third In Line: sboyle1020: Anyone else stop in their tracks when they saw "Page 1 of 7"?

Yeah, me too. I'm at work, so can only flip over to Fark periodically. Does it say in there anywhere - where the hell was his mother?


His mother was proud that he made friends...
 
2009-08-24 03:46:43 PM  
MasterThief: I'm surprised he didn't attract more attention sooner. I bet the CIA/NSA/FBI would have loved to have a guy who can do that on their payroll...

This. If someone doesn't approach him soon with a deal to let him serve the rest of his sentence working in Arlington, I'll be very surprised.
 
2009-08-24 03:47:37 PM  
In a surprise announcement, the Republican National Committee has revealed it is bankrupt. A spokesman for the party said they had plenty of money in their accounts last week, but today they just don't know where the money has gone. But not everybody is going begging. Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the United Negro College Fund announced record earnings this week, due mostly to large, anonymous donations.
 
2009-08-24 03:47:41 PM  
www.cerealblogger.com


is not impressed
 
2009-08-24 03:48:13 PM  
Questionably Certain: Come on, what's his Fark handle already...

The person who registered Silence is definitely not him and there is no entry for lil hacker. I don't think he ever joined...
 
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