YiPL, or The Youth International Party Line, is widely regarded as the first periodical devoted to fone phreaking
and hand-written by Abbie Hoffman
, it was mostly devoted to such low-tech fone scams as carding
and social engineering
, but also included plans for early boxes
as well. Later on, it was taken up by other hands, renamed TAP
, or Technical Assistance Program, and as such, ran well into the 1980's
Hoffman's interest in telephony was due to a special tax on long-distance calls that went directly to the DoD. By evading long-distance calling charges, Yippies and their friends could a) avoid paying this tax, b) stick it to corporate America, and c) create a moving, mobile base of operations by using pay fones that couldn't be traced by the FBI.