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Archive of historic BT 'email' hack preserved

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He and Steve Gold took control of Prestel and penetrated the email inbox belonging to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Robert Schifreen said the whole saga had begun by accident.

The number gave access to Prestel - a basic, text-based computer system developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s that gave people an early taste of online information services.

"One day, after months of trying, I dialled up this test computer, and it showed a page saying, 'This is the system manager password'."

"The golden rule they broke was that in this test computer they used live data," Mr Schifreen said.

The hack was aided by the fact that the two men were dialling up after 18:00, when phone calls got a lot cheaper.

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