This is more stuff about the Secret Service raid on the Illuminati BBS, taken from usenet'
This is more stuff about the Secret Service raid on the
Illuminati BBS, taken from usenet's "rec.games.board":
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(Scott "TCB" Turner) writes:
>I though this might be of some general interest:
>: ... (stuff deleted) the offices of Steve Jackson Games, inc.,
>: were raided by FBI and Secret Service officials. The establishment was
>: shit down, and all computer systems, including the Illuminati BBS,
>: were confiscated.
>: At that time, a 'retired' member of the LoD, who was identified as
>: 'The Mentor' was arrested. The charges reportedly are related to the
>: recent 911 bust that has shut down joinet and attatc (or whatever
>: Killerused to be called).
>: ... (more deleted)
>: As of this writing, the Mentor is reportedly out on bail, sans system
>: and network connection. The Illuminati BBS is still down, although SJ
>: Games is back in operation, and no charges have been filed against any
>: of the employees other than The Mentor. The systems owned by SJ Games
>: have not been returned as of this writing.
First of all, I think that some of this is rumor. But here is what I got
direct from SJGames:
First of all, this is what the SJGames BBS shows when you call in:
GREETINGS, MORTAL! YOU HAVE ENTERED
THE SECRET COMPUTER SYSTEM OF
/ () \
/ ____ \
/ / \ \
FRONTED BY STEVE JACKSON GAMES
INCORPORATED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. FNORD
NOTE! AT THE MOMENT ILLUMINATI IS AN READ-ONLY SYSTEM. READ
THE INFORMATION BELOW TO FIND OUT WHY. USING THE SPACE BAR
WILL LOG YOU OFF. YOU CAN STOP THE SCROLLING AT ANY TIME
WITH A CONTROL-S. CONTROL-Q WILL RESUME THE SCROLLING.
YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT OUR CORPORATE MASCOT, WHO USUALLY
GREETS OUR CALLERS WITH A CHEERFUL SMILE, IS FROWNING TODAY.
I THINK YOU'LL AGREE HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO.
BEFORE THE START OF WORK ON MARCH 1, STEVE JACKSON GAMES WAS
VISITED BY AGENTS OF THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE. THEY
SEARCHED THE BUILDING THOROUGHLY, TORE OPEN SEVERAL BOXES IN
THE WAREHOUSE, BROKE A FEW LOCKS AND DAMAGED A COUPLE OF
FILING CABINETS (WHICH WE WOULD GLADLY HAVE LET THEM
EXAMINE, HAD THEY LET US INTO THE BUILDING), ANSWERED THE
PHONE DIS- COURTEOUSLY AT BEST, PROBABLY ATE A FEW OF THE
ORANGE SLICES THAT WERE ON FEARLESS LEADER'S DESK (WHICH
THEY WERE WELCOME TO, BY THE WAY), AND CONFISCATED SOME
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING THE COMPUTER THAT THE BBS WAS
RUNNING ON AT THE TIME.
SO FAR WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CLEAR EXPLANATION OF WHAT THE
SECRET SERVICE WAS LOOKING FOR, WHAT THEY EXPECTED TO FIND,
OR MUCH OF ANYTHING ELSE. WE ARE FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT STEVE
JACKSON GAMES IS NOT THE TARGET OF WHATEVER INVESTI- GATION
IS BEING CONDUCTED; IN ANY CASE, WE HAVE DONE NOTHING
ILLEGAL AND HAVE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO HIDE. HOWEVER, THE
EQUIPMENT THAT WAS SEIZED IS APPARENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE
EVIDENCE IN WHATEVER THEY'RE INVESTIGATING, SO WE AREN'T
LIKELY TO GET IT BACK ANY TIME SOON. IT COULD BE A MONTH, IT
COULD BE NEVER.
IN THE MEANTIME, FEARLESS HAS LOANED STEVE JACKSON GAMES THE
APPLE SJSTEM THE BBS RAN ON BACK IN THE OLD DAYS BEFORE
JOENET. TO MINIMIZE THE POSSI- BILITY THAT THIS SJSTEM WILL
BE CONFIS- CATED AS WELL, WE HAVE SET IT UP TO DISPLAY THIS
BULLETIN, AND THAT'S ALL. THERE IS NO MESSAGE BASE AT
PRESENT. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, AND WE WISH WE
DARED DO MORE THAN THIS. HOWEVER, WE AGONIZED LONG AND HARD,
AND DECIDED IT WAS A COURTESY TO OUR CALLERS TO LET THEM
KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.
AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE BBS WILL BE BACK UP FOR
REAL. IF YOU HAVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR US, SUCH AS
PLAYTEST NOTES, YOU CAN MAIL THEM TO US (YEAH, I KNOW, ECCH)
OR IF IT'S SOMETHING TRULY IMPORTANT, YOU CAN REACH US AT
OUR VOICE NUMBER (512-447-7866). IN THE MEANTIME, FEARLESS
WILL BE CHECKING IN ON A REGULAR BASIS ON SMOF
(512-UFO-SMOF) AND RED OCTOBER (512-834-2548).
IN PARTICULAR, IF YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED THE GURPS CYBERPUNK
PLAYTEST MATERIAL THAT WAS ON THE BOARD, PLEASE LET US KNOW
RIGHT AWAY SO WE CAN ARRANGE TO GET A COPY. SOME OF THAT
MATERIAL WAS NOT EASILY REPLACABLE, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO GET
COPIES - IT WOULD MAKE GETTING GURPS CYBERPUNK OUT MUCH,
MUCH EASIER (AND IT WOULD COME OUT THAT MUCH SOONER). PLEASE
CALL US AND ASK TO TALK TO CREEDE OR LOYD FOR ARRANGEMENTS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING, AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO
HAS GIVEN US WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT. WE HOPE
WE'LL BE BACK ON LINE, FULL TIME, VERY SOON.
-- STEVE JACKSON GAMES AND
THE SJSOPS OF THE ILLUMINATI BBS
Then I called them up:
I talked to Loyd Blankenship (A.K.A. The Mentor). He said
that the information in the previous message was full of
(1) he was not, nor was any other SJGames employee, arrested,
(2) the Illuminati BBS computer and one other SJGames computer
(his) were confiscated, along with Loyd's own home computer.
(3) the raid occurred on Thursday, March 1st,
(4) SJGames was never actually shut down.
This was related to the Joinet/ATT 911 affair. Loyd said
that apparently the Feds think there is some connection
between GURPS Cyberpunk and actual breaches of computer
security. They had a hard time understanding the concept of
a game. They probably think GURPS Cyberpunk is a guidebook
for breaking into computer systems. The Feds are allegedly
investigating some former associates of Loyd's (the LoD
mentioned in the posting). Loyd had apparently consulted
them recently in regards to GURPS Cyberpunk. A section he
was writing deals with real, current networks and he was getting
some info. I suspect that either their phone was tapped
or a list of call records was searched.
Just thought I'd clear up the rumors.
Brett Slocum or
"I'm not a god; I've just been misquoted." - Lister from Red Dwarf.
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