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The Lure: The True Story of How the Department of Justice Brought Down Two of the World’s Most Dangerous Cyber Criminals by Steve Schroeder

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Chapter 1. Speakeasy

In 1994, Mike Apgar and his wife conceived of the idea of opening a café where people could gather to browse the Internet together. In June of 1995, they opened Speakeasy, Inc., as one of the world’s first Internet cafés, at 2304 2nd Avenue in Belltown in downtown Seattle, Washington.[1] Figure 1.1 depicts Speakeasy as it looked in the late ’90s. The original concept was to provide Internet access to the public, particularly to members of the public who did not have access to the Internet from either home or work.[2] This enterprising idea, coming at the beginning of the dot-com boom, soon expanded to include a wide range of Internet and World Wide Web services.[3]

(Photo courtesy of Linux Journal, January 1998 issue.)

Figure 1.1. Speakeasy ...

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