Robert Schifreen, the "white hat" at the centre of the 1980s controversy, compiled the archive, which details Schifreen s two-year-long legal travails following his open hack of Prestel, BT s pre-web online service.

Schifreen and the late Steve Gold managed to hack into BT's Prestel Viewdata service, famously accessing the personal message box of Prince Philip in the process.

Involving the Royals prompted BT into calling in the police, setting off a chain of events that led to the the arrest of Schifreen and Gold in March 1985 and the subsequent prosecution of the two tech enthusiast journalists.

Evening white hats

In presenting the archive, Robert Schifreen explained the context of 1980s hacking to an audience at TNMOC.

Live systems were used for home banking, among other applications.

Bootnote

The Reg's take on how a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law - featuring interviews with Schifreen, former Detective Inspector John Austen, a senior investigating officer in the case, and Alistair Kelman , Gold's barrister throughout the case - can be found here.

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