List of different kinds of boxes and what they do
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Kinds of Boxes
aqua box - A box designed to drain the voltage of the FBI lock-in-
trace/trap-trace so you can hang up your fone in an emergency and
phrustrate the Pheds some more. The apparatus is simple, just connect the
two middle wires of a phone wire and plug, which would be the red and green
wires if in the jack, to the cord of some electrical appliance; ie, light
bulb or radio. KEEP THE APPLIANCE OFF. Then, get one of those line
splitters that will let you hook two phone plugs into one jack. Plug the
end of the modified cord into one jack and your fone into the other. THE
APPLIANCE MUST BE OFF! Then, when the Pheds turn their lame tracer on and
you find that you can't hang up, remove your fone from the jack and turn
the appliance ON and keep it ON until you feel safe; it may be awhile. Then
turn it off, plug your fone back in, and start phreaking again. Invented
by: Captain Xerox and The Traveler.
black box - The infamous box that allows the calling party to not be
billed for the call placed. We won't go in depth right now, most plans can
be found on many phreak oriented BBS's. The telco can detect black boxes if
they suspect one on the line. Also, these will not work under ESS.
bleeper boxes - The United Kingdom's own version of the blue box,
modified to work with the UK's fone system. Based on the same principles.
However, they use two sets of frequencies, foreword and backwards.
Blotto box - This box supposedly shorts every fone out in the
immediate area, and I don't doubt it. It should kill every fone in the
immediate area, until the voltage reaches the fone company, and the fone
company filters it. I won't cover this one in this issue, cuz it is
dangerous, and phreaks shouldn't destroy MA's equipment, just phuck it up.
Look for this on your phavorite BBS or ask your phavorite phreak for info
if you really are serious about seriously phucking some fones in some area.
blue box - An old piece of equipment that emulated a true operator
placing calls, and operators get calls for free. The blue box seizes an
open trunk by blasting a 2600 Hz tone through the line after dialing a
party that is local or in the 800 NPA so calls will be local or free for
the blue boxer. Then, when the blue boxer has seized a trunk, the boxer may
then, within the next 10-15 seconds, dial another fone number via MF tones.
These MF tones must be preceded by a KP tone and followed with a ST tone.
All of these tones are standardized by Bell. The tones as well as the inter-
digit intervals are around 75ms. It may vary with the equipment used since
ESS can handle higher speeds and doesn't need inter-digit intervals. There
are many uses to a blue box, and we will not cover any more here. See your
local phreak or phreak oriented BBS for in depth info concerning blue boxes
and blue boxing. Incidentally, blue boxes are not considered safe anymore
because ESS detects "foreign" tones, such as the 2600 Hz tone, but this
detection may be delayed by mixing pink noise of above 3000 Hz with the
2600 Hz tone. To hang up, the 2600 Hz tone is played again. Also, all blue
boxes are green boxes because MF "2" corresponds to the Coin Collect tone
on the green box, and the "KP" tone corresponds to the Coin Return tone on
the green box. See green box for more information. Blue boxing is
IMPOSSIBLE under the new CCIS system slowly being integrated into the Bell
blue box tones - The MF tones generated by the blue box in order to
place calls, emulating a true operator. These dual tones must be entered
during the 10-15 second period after you have seized a trunk with the 2600
700: 1 : 2 : 4 : 7 : 11 : KP= Key Pulse
Parallel Frequencies 900: ** : 3 : 5 : 8 : 12 : ST= STop
2= Coin Collect 1100: ** : ** : 6 : 9 : KP : KP2= Key Pulse 2
KP= Coin Return 1300: ** : ** : ** : 10 :KP2 : **= None
(green box tones) 1500: ** : ** : ** : ** : ST :
: 900:1100:1300:1500:1700: 75ms pulse/pause
busy box - Box that will cause the fone to be busy, without taking it
OFF-HOOK. Just get a piece of fone wire with a plug on the end, cut it off
so there is a plug and about two inches of fone line. Then, strip the wire
so the two middle wires, the tip and the ring, are exposed. Then, wrap the
ring and the tip together, tape with electrical tape, and plug into the
fone jack. The fone will be busy until the box is removed.
cans - Cans are those big silver boxes on top of or around the
telephone poles. When opened, the lines can be manipulated with a beige box
or whatever phun you have in mind.
cheese box - Another type of box which, when coupled with call
forwarding services, will allow one to place free fone calls. The safety of
this box is unknown. See references for information concerning text philes
on this box.
clear box - Piece of equipment that compromises of a telephone pickup
coil and a small amp. This works on the principal that all receivers are
also weak transmitters. So, you amplify your signal on PP fortress fones
and spare yourself some change.
green box - Equipment that will emulate the Coin Collect, Coin Return,
and Ringback tones. This means that if you call someone with a fortress
fone and they have a green box, by activating it, your money will be
returned. The tones are, in hertz, Coin Collect=700+1100, Coin
Return=1100+1700, and Ringback=700+1700. However, before these tones are
sent, the MF detectors at the CO must be alerted, this can be done by
sending a 900+1500 Hz or single 2600 Hz wink of 90ms followed by a 60ms
gap, and then the appropriate signal for at least 900ms.
gold box - This box will trace calls, tell if the call is being
traced, and can change a trace.
grey box - Also known as a silver box. See silver box.
Paper Clip Method - This method of phreaking was illustrated in the
movie War Games. What a phortress fone does to make sure money is in a fone
is send an electrical pulse to notify the fone that a coin has been
deposited, for the first coin only. However, by simply grounding the
positive end of the microphone, enough current and voltage is deferred to
the ground to simulate the first quarter in the coin box. An easy way to
accomplish this is to connect the center of the mouthpiece to the coin box,
touch tone pad, or anything that looks like metal with a piece of wire. A
most convenient piece of wire is a bend out of a paper clip. Then you can
send red box tones through the line and get free fone calls! Also, telco
modified fones may require you to push the clip harder against the
mouthpiece, or connect the mouthpiece to the earpiece. If pressing harder
against the mouthpiece becomes a problem, pins may be an easier solution.
purple box - This one would be nice. Free calls to anywhere via blue
boxing, become an operator via blue box, conference calling, disconnect
fone line(s), tap fones, detect traces, intercept directory assistance
calls. Has all red box tones. This one may not be available under ESS.
rainbow box - An ultimate box. You can become an operator. You get
free calls, blue box. You can set up conference calls. You can forcefully
disconnect lines. You can tap lines. You can detect traces, change traces,
and trace as well. All incoming calls are free. You can intercept directory
assistance. You have a generator for all MF tones. You can mute and redial.
You have all the red-box tones. This is an awesome box. However, it does
not exist under ESS.
red box - Equipment that will emulate the red box tone generated for
coin recognition in all phortress fones.
red box tones - Tones that tell the phortress fone how much money was
inserted in the fone to make the required call. In one slot fones, these
are beeps in pulses; the pulse is a 2200+1700 Hz tone. For quarters, 5 beep
tones at 12-17 PPS, for dimes it is 2 beep tones at 5-8.5 PPS, and a nickel
causes 1 beep tone at 5-8.5 PPS. For three slot fones, the tones are
different. Instead of beeps, they are straight dual tones. For a nickel, it
is one bell at 1050-1100 Hz, two bells for a dime, and one gong at 800 Hz
for a quarter. When using red box tones, you must insert at least one
nickel before playing the tones, cuz a ground test takes place to make sure
some money has been inserted. The ground test may be fooled by the Paper
Clip Method. Also, it has been known that TSPS can detect certain red box
tones, and will record all data on AMA or CAMA of fraudulent activity.
regional center - Any class 1 switching office in North America.
silver box - Equipment that will allow you to emulate the DTMF tones
A,B,C,D. The MF tones are, in hertz, A=697+1633, B=770+1633, C=852+1633,
D=941+1633. These allow special functions from regular fones, such as ACD
white box - This is a portable DTMF keypad.
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