Robert Schifreen has donated documentation relating to his landmark Prestel 'hacking' case, which led to The Computer Misuse Act 1990, to TNMOC.

The National Museum of Computing TNMOC has announced the acquisition of an archive relating to a historic 'hacking' case from the 1980s, from the subject at the heart of the matter: Robert Schifreen.

In the mid 80s, Robert Schifreen made a name for himself cracking into popular telecommunications service Prestel - ending up with access to mailboxes for some major public figures, up to and including Prince Philip.

But 6pm was a significant start-time because the Prestel security staff had gone home and weren t there to deal with automated messages telling them that there had been three unsuccessful attempts at a log-on to Prestel,' Schifreen told the Museum of his exploits.

The Computer Misuse Act came into existence in 1990.

'We are extremely grateful to Robert Schifreen for donating his fascinating archive to TNMOC and giving us an insight into what now seems a very strange world in which computer security was not treated very seriously,' said Museum Trustee Margaret Sale of the donation.

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