Back in the ancient year of 1990, when computers were probably the size of elephants and the internet was like a mythical creature, something wild went down in Austin, Texas.
Steve Jackson Games, a rad gaming company, got a surprise visit from the U.S. Secret Service, accompanied by a bunch of police folks and a mysterious phone company expert.
Armed to the teeth, they stormed the offices like it was a scene.
On the morning of March 1, without warning, a force of armed Secret Service agents – accompanied by Austin police and at least one civilian “expert” from the phone company – occupied the offices of Steve Jackson Games and began to search for computer equipment.
They confiscated a bunch of stuff, including the manuscript for GURPS Cyberpunk.
I mean, come on, a “handbook for computer crime”? Seriously?
Why was SJ Games raided? That was a mystery until October 21, 1990, when the company finally received a copy of the Secret Service warrant affidavit – at their request, it had been sealed. And the answer was . . . guilt by remote association.