How a Cereal Box Toy Hacked AT&T's Phone Lines

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  • Jason From Michigan
    Jason From Michigan3 orë më parë

    Fun fact: the phone lines shown around the 1:13 mark are, indeed, not phone lines.

  • daniel dorie
    daniel dorie17 orë më parë

    cheese and crackers man......get to the f----ing please

  • RyuunosukePanda
    RyuunosukePandaDitë më parë

    Push button and rotary phone users check! I’ve used both.

  • Serane
    SeraneDitë më parë

    who was that dude at 4:43 ????

  • M. Yusuf Suleman
    M. Yusuf SulemanDitë më parë

    I am one of those 15 people.

  • piixel
    piixel2 ditë më parë

    Anyone else was thinking about the Conan film, where this trick was mentioned?

  • Trade Mark
    Trade Mark3 ditë më parë

    lol i wish tho

  • Klaus Kleber
    Klaus Kleber3 ditë më parë

    I know this from the book "Ready Player One"

  • Miguel Baltazar
    Miguel Baltazar3 ditë më parë

    Me who read the book Ready Player One that mentions John Draper and the whistle: Pathetic.

  • vhra
    vhra3 ditë më parë

    me who still has a working 1950's telephone: hmm intresting

  • Shane Gulley
    Shane Gulley4 ditë më parë

    Phone phreaking.... I been knew about this...

  • Softiesnow Gacha
    Softiesnow Gacha5 ditë më parë

    I guess im one of the 15 viewers that touched a push butten phone lol Im pretty sure more then 15 views have touched one

  • Ethan Urbanski
    Ethan Urbanski5 ditë më parë

    Ready Player One anyone?

  • Bio-Hazit Gaming
    Bio-Hazit Gaming6 ditë më parë

    ready player one, for those who know it.

  • Udo Morgenstern
    Udo Morgenstern7 ditë më parë

    only a youngsters call a "push button phone" old - in my days we had dial plates 😂😁😆

  • Hải Đăng Huỳnh
    Hải Đăng Huỳnh7 ditë më parë

    “It tastes like melted coffee ice cream, because I am a child

  • brendan darkside
    brendan darkside7 ditë më parë

    10s in. EM is also physical

  • Scott’s Aerial Videos
    Scott’s Aerial Videos8 ditë më parë

    Yep. But toys were killed off because Karens are evil

  • Coen80
    Coen8012 ditë më parë

    Whoopwhoop i am 1 of the 15!!

  • adam kerr
    adam kerr12 ditë më parë

    John Draper banned from hacker events for praying on children at the events

  • The Knife Eclectic
    The Knife Eclectic12 ditë më parë

    I see your "funky town" and raise you the entire intro to "ode to joy"

  • Kevin
    Kevin13 ditë më parë

    What is that supposed to be in ages joke? 👎🏼 Enjoy your thumbs down and lost subscription and on my way out I’ll tell ALthe not to suggest your channel that’s so funny I thought it was

  • DustyBalz
    DustyBalz14 ditë më parë

    Shit I remember having a rotary phone

  • General Technology
    General Technology14 ditë më parë

    Touch-tone dialing

  • adrian
    adrian15 ditë më parë

    God I love how this was in ready player onr

  • RaccoonLex
    RaccoonLex16 ditë më parë

    them rotary phones?

  • Dave Hicinbothem
    Dave Hicinbothem16 ditë më parë

    (paraphrasing) - "back in the olden days, information had to travel along a big web of telephone wires". You do realize that information still travels along a big web of cables, right? Your Insta doesn't magically appear on a phone in London or Rio de Jeneiro. The world is analog.

  • R - G - C
    R - G - C16 ditë më parë

    Phone in the '80s: *Kinda secure Whistle: Imma end this man whole career

  • Terry Armbruster
    Terry Armbruster16 ditë më parë

    Lol use to have a modem "tone whistler" also had the phone technicians telephone that over rides any block back when I was a kid in 70s

  • Alec nolastname
    Alec nolastname16 ditë më parë

    1:28 this is also for the visually impaired, same goes for the bump on the 5.

  • genxeratl
    genxeratl16 ditë më parë

    So a 5 minute and 46 second video that's basically a snarky commercial for coffee. I'd like my nearly 6 minutes back please.

  • vo id
    vo id16 ditë më parë

    Oh snap! Are they called Honey Smacks? I thought they were called Diggem' Smacks... I'm having a Mandela effect moment.

  • JaRCo de Rover
    JaRCo de Rover16 ditë më parë

    Somewhere in 1995 i got a calculator which had a speaker attached to it and if you held that speaker to the microphone from a telephone then you could select a phone number and the speaker would made bleeping sounds and the call is being made. This was quite a gadget to have back in those days :P

  • Edward Brocklesby
    Edward Brocklesby16 ditë më parë

    yay I am 1 of 15 (just kidding)

  • Ronin1973
    Ronin197316 ditë më parë

    This really took off in the 80's with the advent of computers with sound chips like the SID chip in the Commodore 64. The SID chip was a very, very basic synthesizer. Reproducing the necessary tones was pretty easy. The blue box software would reproduce the sound and you could hold your phone receiver to your monitor/TV speaker. The basic technique in the mid 80's was to dial an 800 number, blow tones, then override the default number the 800 was set to dial. So many teenagers and young adults were doing this in order to pirate games via dial up modems that the FBI got involved and there were ARMED search warrants executed all over the USA and a lot of kids and their parents were in hot water. My father was in the military and my behind was subject to a long and painful beating with a leather belt. So the temptation to participate was culled out of me long before.

  • Jaspirita
    Jaspirita17 ditë më parë

    I really hate how landlines don't exist anymore. Like, if the electricity goes does, so do the modern house phones that rely on internet connection. A landline meant you could call even if the electricity was down.

  • Chris Looney
    Chris Looney17 ditë më parë

    Came across a video and still on your page 3 hours later. Short and sweet 🤙

  • Purple Sheps Ghost
    Purple Sheps Ghost17 ditë më parë

    i have all 4 of the lightsaber spoons

  • Sam McMc
    Sam McMc17 ditë më parë

    3:54 what if this is Scott’s dad?

  • Kwaite Funi
    Kwaite Funi17 ditë më parë

    Detective Conan fans know.

  • Erik Rosenmeier
    Erik Rosenmeier17 ditë më parë

    It’s what you get for trying to buy a galaxy

  • BallisticaMetal
    BallisticaMetal18 ditë më parë

    2:35 :o Gothic gurll

  • M0nkeyb0mber 339
    M0nkeyb0mber 33918 ditë më parë

    My house still has Landline, do I still press buttons to make calls. And I’m Proud.

  • Scott Lawson
    Scott Lawson19 ditë më parë

    Good GOD how someone can turn 30 seconds of interesting information into nearly 6 minutes of prattle is beyond me.

  • Alien Spore
    Alien Spore19 ditë më parë

    FUNKY TOWN ON KEY PAD!!! #1996Things

  • Gloria Roma - San Diego Real Estate Agent
    Gloria Roma - San Diego Real Estate Agent19 ditë më parë

    Trade coffee, great sense of humor...interesting that you know or think you know that the people who watch this particular video drink coffee, and may be interested in having their own personalized style of coffee,....hackers!! 😉

  • Spud J. Russell
    Spud J. Russell19 ditë më parë

    The sarcasm and jabs get in the way of any valuable information this guy is providing. ALthe's algorithm fails again.

  • Brett S.
    Brett S.19 ditë më parë

    I got a WIFI Pineapple Mark VII in my Rice Crispies!

  • Lun0
    Lun020 ditë më parë

    No one is talking about the thumbnail....sad to see.

  • Nishanth Dommety
    Nishanth Dommety20 ditë më parë

    what is a "push button telephone"? @ 1:29

  • Yeetur McBeetur
    Yeetur McBeetur20 ditë më parë

    How an RV “hacked” AT&T’s phone lines.

  • roblox noob
    roblox noob20 ditë më parë

    4:58 _ah yes, the wine tastes like wine_

  • carmium
    carmium20 ditë më parë

    Many years ago, when I was college age, I was alone at home one evening when the phone rang. It was my stepbrother, who had been sent to live with his father after my Dad and stepmom had tired of his antics and thievery. This time, he was in Raiford Prison, near Jacksonville, FL. I was in Vancouver. He didn't want to talk about how he'd made it into the joint, but when I asked how the hell he managed to call cross-continent, he said that an inmate had rigged up a device that dialed by tones. He'd earned some time using it and decided to call home. Just as well his mother wasn't home, and I wasn't going to tell her.

  • Will Vandermeer
    Will Vandermeer20 ditë më parë

    Yup brings to question the deliberate bombing of the at&t servers. And shutting down TN 911 network which was never brought up.

  • Deborah L.
    Deborah L.20 ditë më parë

    This video is heccin specific and I love it.

  • Ed Whitson
    Ed Whitson20 ditë më parë

    I was mad when my kids didn't get toys and they are 24yr old. Im surprised you remember

  • Apple man Gamer
    Apple man Gamer20 ditë më parë

    My grandpa told me about this

  • Notmade ofPeople
    Notmade ofPeople20 ditë më parë

    The ghost detector I got totally worked.

  • Martynas A
    Martynas A21 ditë më parë

    OMG, pls explain this to me... I start read book,, Ready Player One". I think a lot of people see the movie. And today I came across a video about the game 15 years ago. But his idea was somewhat similar to what I'm reading now.Maybe it's just a coincidence. And now I discovered this video. And the sitit was also described in the book. I thought it was fake because the book is fantastic. What I want to say. I read a book and I see an algorithm throwing things away about what I read. I'm confused

  • Bala SMJ
    Bala SMJ21 ditë më parë

    Kellogs gave birth to cereal pranksters

  • Petal
    Petal21 ditë më parë

    “For those wondering, 2600 Hz sounds like this,” *EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

  • Club 6
    Club 621 ditë më parë

    Imagine Kellog makes a toy phone and it is used to hack phones everywhere lol

  • Drewsta4
    Drewsta421 ditë më parë

    1 of 15 Hahahaha, well you’re probably right lol

  • Joseph Benitez
    Joseph Benitez22 ditë më parë

    This video literally made no sense

  • mpullen99
    mpullen9922 ditë më parë

    Well, sort of truth. In the '60's and '70's, you could blow a 2600 Hz tone to get a connection. We also had blue boxes and black boxes. Still have my boxes packed away. Theses all worked on the old cross-bar switching networks. God Bless Captain Crunch. I was a member of 2600, LODH, but dropped out just before the FBI raids. My mentor was (secret) who became a local security consultant. I learned social engineering, even directly contacting local corporation computer centers and asking if I could try to hack them after hours. Yes, they were bored and agreed.

  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey B.22 ditë më parë

    Zero Cool. Nice Easter egg

  • Devin Crum
    Devin Crum22 ditë më parë

    Ahh the lightsaber spoons! Those were the best cereal toys ever! We had a couple of them and my siblings and I legit used them for years as a kid haha. I totally forgot about those.

  • Inkydink
    Inkydink22 ditë më parë

    0:05 perSHUNalized

  • Gorden Ramsay
    Gorden Ramsay22 ditë më parë

    So this is how echoes act 1 call josuke

  • Slimes99
    Slimes9922 ditë më parë

    0:21 I LOVED that cereal as a kid. I predict I will still love it.

  • mumblemute
    mumblemute22 ditë më parë

    reminds me of the old newspaper boxes you could open by holding the change return lever down then hitting it, you could take the change and papers

  • Carlos Salvatierra
    Carlos Salvatierra23 ditë më parë

    Cocoa extracts.

  • firebeast
    firebeast23 ditë më parë

    I would stick a giant pole into my 1 square inch of land

  • Galazy Zero
    Galazy Zero23 ditë më parë

    Right after you talked about the coffee sponsor a coffee ad played for me. Lol.

  • Genifer Teal
    Genifer Teal23 ditë më parë

    When people call me a phreak, I wonder how they knew? That was so long ago. TI-99 was the easiest and cheap 80s computer to produce accurate tones on. You pretty much told it the actual frequency you wanted it to play and for how long and it played a pretty accurate representation of that frequency. The Apple II plus was a bit more complicated and you had your to do your own timing in the programming or something like that, or so I heard from a friend in New Mexico.

  • Genifer Teal
    Genifer Teal23 ditë më parë

    I've always liked how quirky and particular you seem. (I have no actual idea if you are.) Now that I know how sweet you like your coffee, I'm not sure I can listen anymore. Sometimes just the thought of a food you don't like is enough to leave a taste in your mouth. I'm no longer enjoying this morning's coffee.

  • John Wesley
    John Wesley23 ditë më parë

    These jokes are so annoying and bad I would never subscribe to this channel.

  • Terra Rain
    Terra Rain23 ditë më parë

    Its funny cause johns hacker name is captain crunch

  • Ares
    Ares24 ditë më parë

    Those light saber spoons lit up?! wish I knew that 5 years ago..

  • Daniel Godfrey
    Daniel Godfrey24 ditë më parë

    Funny when I looked up the phone number the video punched in it popped up sugar land rehab center in Houston, Texas

  • Jonathan-Paul Marois
    Jonathan-Paul Marois24 ditë më parë

    Also 2600 magazine, look it up!

  • Barry The Other Barry
    Barry The Other Barry24 ditë më parë

    I'm old enough to remember dial phones. Our house number ended in 9-8909. Nobody called us; it took forever to dial. Zzzzzzzzzitttttttttt-zzzzzzzzaaaaawwwww

  • these nuts
    these nuts25 ditë më parë

    All of us hackers are not nerds 😒.

  • C M K
    C M K25 ditë më parë

    The underlying story of how apple computer got its original funding lol

  • Eyad Ramadan
    Eyad Ramadan25 ditë më parë

    This guys squeezes in more shitty quips and jokes than a whole season of family guy. That is not comedy and I'm certain no one laughed

  • Ian Hobday
    Ian Hobday25 ditë më parë

    Buttons!? No.... When phones had dials!! I guess there was no stock footage of a rotary phone?

  • nodvick
    nodvick25 ditë më parë

    it wasnt at&t at first, it was bell, and it wasn't just at&t, it was all touch-tone phone lines. at least do a modicum of research, look up at least the mentor's writings about capn crunch or the history of the blue box, damn.

  • nodvick


    25 ditë më parë

    also, your explanation of how the whistle actually worked is wrong, and you left out a lot about the tone..

  • I̵̢̋ń̸̪t̶̎͜e̴̪͒r̸̤̎n̸̩̔ẹ̷̒ṭ̶̍S̴͙̍h̷͎̋ǐ̷͎b̶̥͋e̵͌͜4̶̜͌7̵̢̒
    I̵̢̋ń̸̪t̶̎͜e̴̪͒r̸̤̎n̸̩̔ẹ̷̒ṭ̶̍S̴͙̍h̷͎̋ǐ̷͎b̶̥͋e̵͌͜4̶̜͌7̵̢̒25 ditë më parë

    holy shit we still have those push button phones in brazil in every house

  • allthelonely
    allthelonely25 ditë më parë

    I might not be the only person to know about this before watching the video, but I might be the only one who knew this from the book Ready Player One.

  • Dimitrios Mandamadiotis
    Dimitrios Mandamadiotis25 ditë më parë

    What a perfect opportunity to reference "Cereal Killer"

  • Coolmanhunter
    Coolmanhunter26 ditë më parë

    Jazzpunk was here....

  • Toocan
    Toocan26 ditë më parë

    When you know the history from reading ready player one.

  • RillaOkBoomer
    RillaOkBoomer26 ditë më parë

    Thought this said AT-AT.

  • sten1939
    sten193926 ditë më parë

    Push button phone those are fancy I had a rotor phone after the operator was removed from the circuit:-)

  • keylala87
    keylala8726 ditë më parë

    Why are you Gotta do my boy like that?

  • Vic Nic
    Vic Nic26 ditë më parë

    Anyone remember the paperclip trick to make free calls!

  • Dbe Infinity
    Dbe Infinity27 ditë më parë

    Am i the only that never got a toy from a cerial box ever???

  • Ken Mcfann
    Ken Mcfann27 ditë më parë

    I was born in 1954, we told the operator the number that we wanted and she connected you with the number, rotary phone came next

  • karebu2
    karebu227 ditë më parë

    What do u mean by a phone line was empty?

  • James D
    James D27 ditë më parë

    Lay off Rick Moranis! He chose not to work in order to be with his kids! But the rest of the commentary was funny AF!

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