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Networking and Telecommunication ManagementThe ATT long-distance networks crashes and millions of calls go unanswered A computer hacker reprograms a switching station and calls to a Florida probation office are shunted to a New York phone-sex hotline An illegal computer bulletin board publishes a pilfered BellSouth document on the 911 emergency system which made it available to anyone who dials up The above incidents are described in Bruce Sterlings book The Hacker Crackdown Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier copyrighted in 1992 Bruce Sterling authored this book which seeks to explain the people of cyberspace Bruce Sterling digs into the bizarre world of electronic communications The world of electronic communication or cyberspace has no physical location because it exists only in the network Cyberspace is not normal space it is the space on your computers Mr Sterling writes about electronic communication in the early 90s between computers and telephone lines The space that Mr Sterling speaks of is about 130 years old The current cyberspace is where a telephone conversation occurs You may think you are conversing into a phone line the device in your hand against your ear No not really but its the place between the phones yes the indefinite space out there Sterling attempts to inform compel and appall his readers the hackers law officers and civil libertarians In the 1990 a nationwide legal battle took place against computer hackers yes criminal charges all across the United States The Secret Service telephone company security and state and local law enforcement agencies across the country joined to bring down the U S underground electronic coup While the underground and legal computer community fought strongly against the same agencies who threaten their electronic civil liberties Mr Sterling gave the reader the fact surrounding the ATT long distance telephone switching system crash on January 15 1990 Roughly 60000 customers lost service for approximately nine
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