Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903
A great story:
Yet before the demonstration could begin, the apparatus in the lecture theatre began to tap out a message. At first, it spelled out just one word repeated over and over. Then it changed into a facetious poem accusing Marconi of "diddling the public". Their demonstration had been hacked -- and this was more than 100 years before the mischief playing out on the internet today. Who was the Royal Institution hacker? How did the cheeky messages get there? And why?
Posted on December 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM
@sparkygsx - security through obscurity, always the first choice!
Encryption was a big problem in wired telegraphy. Operators were much faster and more reliable at sending real sentences than random streams of characters.
So the telegraph companies banned non-words but still charged by the word, so people made up codes where long obscure words represented whole sentences.
The companies tried to fix this as well - by banning messages that didn't make sense!
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