Beige box (phreaking)

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In phone phreaking, a beige box is a device that is technically equivalent to a telephone company lineman's handset — a telephone fitted with alligator clips to attach it to a line.wikipedia
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Lineman's handset

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In phone phreaking, a beige box is a device that is technically equivalent to a telephone company lineman's handset — a telephone fitted with alligator clips to attach it to a line.
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Telephone tapping

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Although wiretaps go back to the very beginning of telephony, the term "Beige Boxing" has become the generic term for illegally connecting to a phone line. Although it is not illegal to possess or construct a beige box, it is illegal to use it to make unauthorized use of a phone line with any device, because this violates wiretapping and theft of service laws.
The conversation may be monitored (listened to or recorded) covertly by a third party by using an induction coil or a direct electrical connection to the line using a beige box.

Crocodile clip

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In phone phreaking, a beige box is a device that is technically equivalent to a telephone company lineman's handset — a telephone fitted with alligator clips to attach it to a line.

Plain old telephone service

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Beige boxes can be usually constructed with easily available materials, such as a simple "POTS" telephone, a soldering iron, and a pair of alligator clips.

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Beige boxes can be usually constructed with easily available materials, such as a simple "POTS" telephone, a soldering iron, and a pair of alligator clips.

Soldering iron

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Beige boxes can be usually constructed with easily available materials, such as a simple "POTS" telephone, a soldering iron, and a pair of alligator clips.

Internet

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Instructions for constructing a beige box can be found in many places on the Internet, as well as instructions on how to make other phreaking boxes.

Phreaking

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In phone phreaking, a beige box is a device that is technically equivalent to a telephone company lineman's handset — a telephone fitted with alligator clips to attach it to a line. Instructions for constructing a beige box can be found in many places on the Internet, as well as instructions on how to make other phreaking boxes.

Registered jack

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Alternative beige boxes can also be built by connecting alligator clips to an RJ11 jack.

Theft of services

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Although it is not illegal to possess or construct a beige box, it is illegal to use it to make unauthorized use of a phone line with any device, because this violates wiretapping and theft of service laws.

Carterfone

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Prior to the 1968 Carterphone decision, a beige box user additionally risked violating AT&T's prohibition on connecting non-AT&T provided equipment to their network.

AT&T Corporation

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Prior to the 1968 Carterphone decision, a beige box user additionally risked violating AT&T's prohibition on connecting non-AT&T provided equipment to their network.

Phreaking boxes

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Among the most well-known phreaking boxes were the black box, which tricked switching equipment into believing a call had not been answered when in fact it had, resulting in free incoming long distance calls; the beige box, which is an improvised lineman's handset typically made from a one-piece telephone and alligator clips; the blue box which emulated the in-band signaling tones once used by long distance operators and switching equipment; and the red box, which emulated the tones generated by payphones when coins were deposited.

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She was at one time involved in beige boxing.

Vermilion box

The vermilion box incorporates three more basic phreaking boxes: the magenta box, which generates the AC ringing signal required to make the target telephone ring; the orange box, which generates caller ID (although it is not a proper call-waiting caller ID orange box that is used but a modified orange box that generates on-hook (idle state) caller ID); and the beige box that is used to conduct the actual conversation.