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IANAL and all that, but my perception is that "hacking" is usually about breaking into someone else's computer / breaching someone else's privacy / accessing data that isn't yours / etc. If that perception is accurate, then I think it's really a stretch to call this "hacking". You're just moving bits around on network infrastructure designed to move bits around. Maybe I'm just looking for a loophole because wishful thinking, but this seems like a decent argument to me.

Now, you could be violating their terms of service. But in this case there may be a good argument that you never accepted their terms of service since you wouldn't have had to click the "accept" button to do what the post describes.

Read up on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Fraud_and_Abuse_Act

The CFAA is pretty broad, and definitely controversial because of it. Look up Aaron Swartz's tragic case.

The old colloquial term for this is "phreaking."

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