Computer Underground Digest Volume 1, Issue #1.01 (March 31, 1990)

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**************************************************************************** >C O M P U T E R U N D E R G R O U N D< >D I G E S T< *** Volume 1, Issue #1.01 (March 31, 1990) ** **************************************************************************** MODERATORS: Jim Thomas / Gordon Meyer REPLY TO: TK0JUT2@NIU.bitnet COMPUTER UNDERGROUND DIGEST is an open forum dedicated to sharing information among computerists and to the presentation and debate of diverse views. -------------------------------------------------------------------- DISCLAIMER: The views represented herein do not necessarily represent the views of the moderators. Contributors assume all responsibility for assuring that articles submitted do not violate copyright protections. -------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a short issue to double check the address list. Some addresses returned the first issue of 1,200 lines because of length. If you receive this, but did not receive the first issue, let us know and we will re-send it. If length is a problem, let us know. We will try to keep the file length to about 1,000 lines, but we have been informed that some notes reject anything over 450-500. As a rule of thumb, every 100 lines constitutes about 6 K, so if you are restricted by file size, send along your limits. We also remind people that in the "TK0" response, that's a ZERO, not an "OH"! If people send enough material, we will try to put out an issue every few weeks. For space purposes, we will ask that signatures be kept brief and that that formatting be at least 65 characters per line. The feedback on the first issue was generally positive. We would like to hear from readers regarding the types of articles you would like to see. Content will be determined primarily by the contributions, and we especially encourage public domain news articles. We caution all contributors to assure no copyright violations occur. We have already been involved in a minor squabble with the AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN (see file 3, this issue). In a recent mail test, we accidentally send out a preliminary mailing list due to a glitch in our auto-mailing file. This has been corrected. We consider the names and addresses on this list strictly confidential, and although the digest is open to all receivers and contributors, the mailing list is NOT! Mark Seiden (among others) quickly responded. We reprint his thoughtful observations in File 1, and accept his invitation to respond in File 2. There have been requests for back issues of various magazines and journals of the computer underground. We believe that many of these provide a historical archive for those who desire to chronicle the growth and maturity of various groups, or who are interested in these files for social science research as documents of a particular societal subculture. A number of people have suggested that we serve as a clearing house for such documents. Because there has been no indication that any of the documents are illegal, and because law enforcement agencies have not objected on LEGAL GROUNDS to any of these documents publicly or--to our knowledge--privately, we assume they are acceptable for distribution. Currently available are: PHRACK (issues 1-30) LoD/H (issues 1-4) We are missing files 10-14 of LoD/H issue #1. Perhaps somebody could pass them along. P/Hun (issues 1-3) PIRATE Magazine (issues 1-5) ATI (issues 1-44; we are missing issues #4 and #10. Could somebody send these over?) And other lesser digests and journals. We will also maintain back issues of CuD. We stress that possession and/or distribution of these documents *IN NO WAY* constitutes support or encouragement of any activities describes therein. However, we strongly believe that they should be available for those interested in fully understanding the computer underground subculture. IN THIS ISSUE: File 1: "Opening the Kimono too Far" (by Mark Seiden) File 2: "Which Witch Hunt?" (Editorial response) File 3: CuD's First Copyright Squabble--THE AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN File 4: Satirical article from PHRACK 29, phile 7 (reprint) =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+ + END THIS FILE + +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+===+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= ****************************************************************** *** Computer Underground Digest / Issue 1.01 - File 1 of 4 *** ****************************************************************** From: dagobah!mis@uunet.UU.NET(Mark Seiden) Message-Id: <9003300201.AA02651@seiden.com> To: uunet!UICVM.uic.edu!TK0JUT2%NIU.BITNET@uunet.UU.NET Subject: opening the kimono a bit too far? Cc: risks@csl.sri.com Greetings, 'ackologists and -osophists... You may have noticed that in the process of setting up the BITNET mailing list for CuD [Computer Underground Digest] our Lord of Hosts [Jim Thomas] somehow managed to send out to everybody a test transmission containing the email address of *everybody* on the mailing list. This set off my "right to privacy/paranoia" detector, prompting a note to him saying "Isn't it nice now that you've told the FBI who we all are" whereupon he revealed that, indeed, the list contains "everything from law enforcement on one end to at least one LoD [Legion of Doom] member on the other." What a pleasant rainbow effect that conjured up... Consider the DEA officials who have (reportedly) been convincing advertisers selling Gro-lites in (among other publications) "High Times" to turn over their customer lists. Legend has it that the Orchid Societies are up in arms over flak-jacketed drug agents with zero-tolerance for indoor plant-growing knocking at their member's doors, and to date discovering only orchids... (I expect to read about it in the Wall Street Journal gardening column any day now.) I wonder whether overzealous g-men and women might be interested in just who cares about the computer underground, suspecting that perhaps they might have some personal involvement? Perhaps some of us are now or were once in possession of forbidden knowledge valued by beancounters in excess of $5000? Hmmm, that backup tape from that job ten years ago containing, jeez, i forget, secrets of incalculable worth (in one case, people with questionable smarts took hundreds of man-years [yes, they were all men] and still didn't get it right...), and that version of troff source I always wanted to fix... Ohmigod, I was on the PHRACK mailing list, and now I'm on this one too, and I've been to some of the Hackers' Conferences! Now I realize this was one of those elaborate sting operations I keep reading about, and I got sucked in right away, naive little me... I'm expecting the Secret Service to show up at my door any day now. I would burn those backup tapes, but that's probably a violation of US Title 18, section whatever, "thinking about intending to try to conceal evidence of a possible future crime" (and I'm even more afraid of a disk crash). (Note for the Tomorrow File: A new source of revenue for lawyers: store your hacker-client's backup tapes, which would then be protected as privileged communication?) Thanks a lot, Jim. You're welcome to ask the natural/more serious follow-on questions... Mark Seiden, mis@seiden.com, 203 329 2722 =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+ + END THIS FILE + +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+===+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= *************************************************************** *** Computer Underground Digest Issue #1.01 / File 2 of 4 *** *************************************************************** Mark Seiden raises some good points in the previous file. His concerns cluster around a couple of issues: 1) Is having one's name on a mailing list sufficient to trigger law enforcement interest and subject the listee to possible harassment? 2) Are there law enforcement agents on this list? 3) Are the moderators part of a sting operation? Mark's comments, although partly tongue in cheek, indicate the degree to which over-zealous law-enforcement actions in recent months have had a "chilling effect" on the free flow of information. Let's take each of these issues in reverse order. First, the moderators are not part of a sting, nor are we in any way connected with, cooperating with, or otherwise involved in enforcement. One moderator works for a computer firm, the other is an sixties-lefty whose primary work is as a college professor and researcher of prison culture. But, Mark is quite correct in his concern for stings. It is *not* paranoia! Gary Marx, in his book UNDERCOVER: POLICE SURVEILLANCE IN AMERICA, carefully and convincingly documents the threat of police stings to civil liberties, their irony in subverting civil rights to protect society, and the contributions to distrust and openness they create. One reason for the emergence of this digest is the need many of us feel to raise such issues at a time when law enforcement seems to be spending as much time investigating computer users as other forms of crime. The emergence in many (by now most) federal and state agencies of dedicated "computer crime units" can too easily lead to the expansion of the definition of "abuse" to justify the existence of these units. Once units exist, they must investigate, apprehend and prosecute in order to justify their continued existence. Second, we assume from the mailing list that there are at least a few law enforcement agents on the list. We welcome them, and hope others subscribe as well. Perhaps they will learn something. Neither moderator is involved in illicit activity, unless research is considered a crime, and nothing we distribute will be knowingly illegal, violate copyright, or be knowingly harmful. The mailing list reflects diverse group. The bulk seems to be computerists employed in the private sector, followed by academics, and mixed in with students, journalists, and others. We will send CuD to anybody who requests it, and we welcome the response of law enforcement agents in the debates. Finally, Mark asks if having one's name on a mailing list is sufficient to mark them for an investigation. Unfortunately, if recent history is any indication, the answer is *YES*! Mark has already indicated a few examples of this. The "Red Squads" of the 1960s and 1970s provide a more chilling example. There is overwhelming evidence, including documents we ourselves obtained as part of a class action law suit against the Michigan State Police, to indicate that law enforcement tactics included gathering lists by monitoring letters to editors opposing the Viet Nam war or the "social -isms," listed license plates of cars parked near political meetings, and by numerous other tactics totally anathema in a democratic society. In once instance, police in East Lansing, Michigan, actually investigated a political candidate who publicly denounced the war. The information in these lists, even if unverified, was shared with employers, state agencies, and other law enforcement agencies. These lists resulted in loss of employment, promotion, or--in the case of FBI documents we obtained--harassment in the FBI's COINTELPRO campaign. This included anonymous letters to parents or employers of people on the list and even direct physical harassment. We, in the U.S., seem to have short memories. Especially because of drug hysteria, we seem to be willing to enact legislation and permit investigative tactics that would otherwise be unacceptable. When the target is druggies or racketeers, there is little public outrage. But, now the tactics seem to be applied to other behaviors as creative agents find new uses for laws that have not yet been tested in the courts. In the last issue of CuD, we provided a rationale for the use of handles. We suggest that if anybody has concern about being on a list they use one. For e-mailing, we retain only the addresses and not names. Our mailing list of net addresses is encrypted and inaccessible, but even if it were obtained, there is insufficient information to be of use to anybody except e-mail hucksters marketing their warez. Thanks for raising the issue, Mark. *************************************************************** *** Computer Underground Digest Issue #1.01 / File 3 of 4 *** *************************************************************** An article in the AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN by Kyle Pope is perhaps the most balanced news story to cover the Legion of Doom indictments and the related confiscation of equipment at Steve Jackson Games in Austin. We had intended to reprint the entire article. However, when we called the AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN (are there no "stateswomen," or is the A-AS still a bastion of macho sexist swinery?), we were informed that on no account would they allow the article to be distributed over the nets. When we asked how much of the article they would allow us to extract, they told us that we could excerpt *NONE* of it. Not even a single line? "None of it!" Well, perhaps the A-AS has contracts with other news services who sell computerized versions of the story, but "None of it?" C'mon! "Fair use doctrine" allows reasonable reproduction of a copyright article, and after consulting with an attorney, we reproduce well under the accepted norm. So, we can only assume that the A-AS, while to be commended on a fair summary of events, as some very uptight anal-retentive types in the managing editor's office who confuse company policy with Constitutional protections! The following is drawn from a variety of sources, but all quotes come from: "U.S. Computer Investigation Targets Austinites" by Kyle Pope ({cr} Austin-American Statesman, March 17, 1990: Pp A-1, A-12). The article summarizes the background of the Legion of Doom indictments (see CuD, 1.00, files 4, 5). In the continuing investigation, federal agents and Austin police appeared at the home of a Steve Jackson Employee, greeting him with guns drawn at 6:30 a.m. They confiscated his equipment, and also took a number of books and other documents, including the M.A. thesis of CuD co-moderator Gordon Meyer. Why this document is considered worthy of confiscation escapes us, unless academic research is now considered subversive, and its possession evidence of evidence of criminal mischief. One of the concerns of federal agents was the Cyberpunk science fiction work being written at Steve Jackon's. Influenced by science fiction novel's such as William Gibson's NEUROMANCER and John Brunner's THE SHOCKWAVE RIDER, Cyberpunk mixes science fiction, computer fantasy, and alienation in futuristic techno-societies. The A-AS interviewed one writer who explained the need for realistic detail in the genre: Bruce Sterling, an Austin science fiction writer and one of the world's best-known Cyberpunk writers, said Jackson's game and its computer-related discussions are hardly unusual for the genre. "Cyberpunk is thriller fiction," Sterling said. "It deals to a great extent with the romance of crime in the same way that mysteries or techno-thrillers do." He said the detailed discussions in the Jackson games are what draws people to them. "That's the charm of simulation games," he said. "You're simulating something that's supposed to be accurate. If it's cooked up out of thin air, the people who play these games are going to lose interest." Jackson, though, said he has been told by Secret Service agents that they view the game as a user's guide to computer mischief. He said they made the comments when he went to the agency's Austin office in an unsuccessful attempt to reclaim some of his seized equipment. "As they were reading over it, they kept making outraged comments," Jackson said. "When they read it, they became very, very upset. "I said, 'This is science fiction.' They said, 'No. This is real.'" (A-AS, p. A-12). In their zeal to obtain information about reproduction of an E911 training document from a Georgia telecommunications company, federal agencies confiscated printers, monitors, CPUs, files, and other equipment from Jackson because of suspicion that one of his employees, Loyd Blankenship, had contacts with Legion of Doom: Jackson's attorney said federal officials have told him that the 911 information pilfered from Bell South has surfaced on a computer bulletin board used at Steve Jackson games. But the information apparently has not been traced to a user. Jackson said that neither he nor any of his employees is a member of the Legion of Doom. Blankenship, however, did consult with the group in the course of researching and writing the Cyberpunk game, Jackson said. Further, the group is listed in the game's acknowledgments for its aid in providing technical information used in Cyberpunk (A-AS, p. A-12). ---------------------- These confiscations raise a number of issues. First, it seems that any of us can have our equipment, and therefore our livelihoods, threatened by any connection law enforcement officials make between an offense and an alleged possessor of information. Second, as of this writing (March 30), to our knowledge none of those being investigated in this incident has been indicted. Only the equipment has been arrested. This, to us, suggests the frightening spectre of confiscation of the equipment of innocent people and disruption of lives. The A-AS article indicated that the confiscation is having a devastating impact on the economic fortunes of Steve Jackson Games. Third, it appears that laws originally intended to fight drugs and organized crime now are being used to thwart the "dreaded computer underground." Confiscation of any personal property that creative agents can claim "good faith" potential relationship to either an offense or to information about an offense, can be confiscated, including an M.A. thesis or a draft of a novel in progress. In addition, if, in their search, agents happen upon a few seeds of marijuana, they can, under federal anti-drug law, incarcerate the searchee without bail. Gary Marx has argued that we lose our freedoms not with a sweeping crackdown, but gradually. Laws originally intended to fight one "menace" now are being applied to another. This "other" menace is, we argue, largely a creation of media hysteria, law enforcement ignorance of the nature of the computer underground, and a complete failure to recognize the need to balance protection of the public commonweal with protections of civil liberties. In a recent government publication (NIJ REPORTS, Jan/Feb '90, pp 2-10), the authors lump software piracy in the same category as theft of computer chips, computers, or trade secrets. In this classification, it seems that stealing a new IBM 486 and giving a copy of Norton Utilities to a friend are identical! Uploading that pirated copy from New York to a BBS in Atlanta would, therefore, constitute a federal offense that subjects the "felon" to the full weight of federal prosecution. Our point is that, in a rapidly changing techno-world, laws are being used in a way perhaps appropriate for addressing such predatory crimes as listed in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, but they hardly address the problems of perceived computer abuse, real or imagined. The use of laws intended to combat one type of unacceptable behavior, such as racketeering or drug abuse, hardly seem appropriate to their current use by federal agents to combat computerists. Disrespect for law begins with its oppressive misuse, and we suggest that, ultimately, the apparent attempt of federal agents and prosecutors to define a social menace, and then make their careers saving the world from it, will subvert the respect for and rule of law in the long run. A final note to the A-AS: It is within an author's legal rights to write a number of DIFFERENT stories, excerpting different parts of a news article in each, and ultimately reprint, legally, the entire story. We are not petty enough to do so, but we find it somewhat ironic that a company whose existence derives from a free press so arrogantly responses to a legitimate request to reprint with a categorical statement that *NOTHING* can be reprinted. Is there something wrong with this picture, or did your managing editor just have a bad day? We will print a reply if you wish to make one. Jim Thomas (CuD co-moderator) =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+ + END THIS FILE + +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+===+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= *************************************************************** *** Computer Underground Digest Issue #1.01 / File 4 of 4 *** *************************************************************** Several responses have asked why people think that the Legion of Doom has been accused of ripping off banks. One reason may be that there is a loss of a sense of the "absurd" in contemporary society. Satire, irony, and subtlety have been replaced by a sense of the literal, and with this loss comes a tendency to accept literature at face value. In a November, 1989, issue of PHRACK, an article appeared that was intended as satire. This intent was clear in the issues introductory file and in the text of this file. For those who have wondered what the articled was about, we reprint it here. ------------------------------------------------------------- ==Phrack Inc.== Volume Three, Issue 29, File #7 of 12 The Legion of Doom! EFT Division Presents HOW WE GOT RICH THROUGH ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFERS (OR: GEE! NO, GTE!) A certain number of financial institutions that reside within the packet-switched confines of the various X.25 networks use their connections to transfer funds from one account to another, one mutual fund to another, one stock to another, one bank to another, etc... It is conceivable that if one could intercept these transactions and divert them into another account, they would be transferred (and could be withdrawn) before the computer error was noticed. Thus, with greed in our hearts, an associate and I set forth to test this theory and conquer the international banking world. We chose CitiCorp as our victim. This multinational had two address prefixes of its own on Telenet (223 & 224). Starting with those two prefixes, my associate and I began to sequentially try every possible address. We continued through 1000 in increments of one, then A-Z, then 1000-10000 by 10's and finally 10000-99999 by 100's. Needless to say, many addresses were probably skipped over in our haste to find valid ones, but many we passed over were most likely duplicate terminals that we had already encountered. For the next few days my associate and I went over the addresses we had found, comparing and exchanging information, and going back to the addresses that had shown 'NOT OPERATING,' 'REMOTE PROCEDURE ERROR,' and 'REJECTING.' We had discovered many of the same types of systems, mostly VAX/VMS's and Primes. We managed to get into eight of the VAXen and then went forth on the CitiCorp DECNET, discovering many more. We entered several GS1 gateways and Decservers and found that there were also links leading to systems belonging to other financial institutions such as Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank New York and Chase Manhattan. We also found hundreds of addresses to TWX machines and many in-house bank terminals (most of which were 'BUSY' during banking hours, and 'NOT OPERATING' during off hours). In fact, the only way we knew that these were bank terminals was that an operator happened to be idle just as I connected with her terminal (almost like the Whoopie Goldberg movie, "Jumpin' Jack Flash," not quite as glamorous ...yet.) Many of the computers we eventually did penetrate kept alluding to the electronic fund transfer in scripts, files, and personal mail. One of the TOPS-20 machines we found even had an account EFTMKTG.EFT, (password EFTEFT)! All the traces pointed to a terminal (or series of terminals) that did nothing but transfer funds. We decided that this was the case and decided to concentrate our efforts on addresses that allowed us to CONNECT periodically but did not respond. After another week of concentrated effort, we managed to sort through these. Many were just terminals that had been down or malfunctioning, but there were five left that we still had no idea of their function. My associate said that we might be able to monitor data transmissions on the addresses if we could get into the debug port. With this idea in mind, we set out trying sub-addresses from .00 to .99 on the mystery addresses. Four of the five had their debug ports at the default location (.99). The fifth was located 23 away from the default. That intrigued us, so we put the others aside and concentrated on the fifth. Although its location was moved, a default password was still intact, and we entered surreptitiously The system was menu driven with several options available. One option, Administrative Functions, put us into a UNIX shell with root privilege. After an hour or so of nosing around, we found a directory that held the Telenet Debug Tools package (which I had previously thought existed solely for Prime computers). Using TDT, we were able to divert all data (incoming and outgoing into a file so we could later read and analyze it. We named the file ".trans" and placed it in a directory named ".. ", (dot, dot, space, space) so it woul remain hidden. This was accomplished fairly late on a Sunday night. After logging off, we opened a case of Coors Light and spent the rest of the night (and part of the morning!) theorizing about what we might see tomorrow night (and getting rather drunk). At approximately 9:00 p.m. the following evening, we met again and logged onto the system to view the capture file, hoping to find something useful. We didn't have to look very far! The first transmission was just what we had bee dreaming about all along. The computer we were monitoring initiated by connecting with a similar computer at another institution, waited for a particular control sequence to be sent, and then transferred a long sequence o numbers and letters. We captured about 170 different transactions on the firs day and several hundred more in the following week. After one business week, we removed the file and directory, killed the TDT routine, and went through th system removing all traces that we had been there. We felt that we had enough to start piecing together what it all meant, s we uploaded our findings to the LOD HP-3000 (ARMA) in Turkey. This way we could both have access to the data, but keep it off our home systems. We didn't bother to tell any of the other LOD members about our doings, as most had retired, been busted, or were suspected of turning information over to the Secret Service. Using this as a base, we analyzed the findings, sorted them, looked for strings being sent, etc. We came to the conclusion that the transmissions were being sent in the following way: XXXXXXXXXXXXTCxxxxxxxxxxxx/NNNNNNNNNNNNCnnnnnnnnnnnnAMzzzzzzz.zzOP# X=Originating Bank ID T=Transfer (Also could be R(ecieve), I(nquire)) C=Type of account (Checking--Also S(avings) I(RA) M(oney Market) T(rust) W(Other wire transfer ie. Credit Transfer, etc.)) x=Originating Account Number /=Slash to divide string N=Destination Bank ID C=Type of account (See above) n=Destination Account Number AMzzzzzzz.zz=Amount followed by dollar and cents amount OP#=operator number supervising transaction After this string of information was sent, the destination bank would the echo back the transaction and, in ten seconds, unless a CONTROL-X was sent, would send "TRANSACTION COMPLETED" followed by the Destination Bank ID. We now needed to check out our theory about the Bank ID's, which I figure were the Federal Reserve number for the Bank. Every bank in America that deal with the Federal Reserve System has such a number assigned to it (as do severa European Banks). I called up CitiBank and inquired about their Federal Reserv Number. It was the number being sent by the computer. With this information, we were ready to start. I consulted an accountant friend of mine for information on Swiss or Bahamanian bank accounts. He laughed and said that a $50,000 initial deposit was required to get a numbered account at most major Swiss banks. I told him to obtain the forms necessary to start the ball rolling and I'd wire the money over to the bank as soon as I was told my account number. This shook him up considerably, but he knew me well enough not to ask for details. He did, however, remind me of his $1000 consulting fee. A few days later he showed up at my townhouse with an account number, several transaction slips and paperwork. Knowing that I was up to something shady, he had used one of his own false identities to set up the account. He also raised his "fee" to $6500 (which was, amazingly enough, the amount he owed on his wife's BMW). My associate and I then flew to Oklahoma City to visit the hall of record to get new birth certificates. With these, we obtained new State ID's and Social Security Numbers. The next step was to set up bank accounts of our own My associate took off to Houston and I went to Dallas. We each opened new commercial accounts at three different banks as LOD Inc. with $1000 cash. Early the next day, armed with one Swiss and six American accounts, we began our attack. We rigged the CitiCorp computer to direct all of its data flow to a local Telenet node, high up in the hunt series. Amazingly, it still allowed for connections from non-909/910 nodes. We took turns sitting on the node, collecting the transmissions and returning the correct acknowledgments. By 12:30 we had $184,300 in electronic funds in "Limbo." Next we turned off the data "forwarding" on the CitiCorp computer and took control of the host computer itself through the debug port to distribute the funds. Using its dat lines, we sent all the transactions, altering the intended bank destinations, to our Swiss account. After I got the confirmation from the Swiss bank I immediately filled out six withdrawal forms and faxed them to the New York branch of the Swiss bank along with instructions on where the funds should be distributed. I told the bank to send $7333 to each of our six accounts (this amount being small enough not to set off Federal alarms). I did this for three consecutive days, leavin our Swiss account with $52,000. I signed a final withdrawal slip and gave it to my accountant friend. Over the next week we withdrew the $22,000 from each of our Dallas and Houston banks in lots of $5000 per day, leaving $1000 in each account when we were through. We were now $66,000 apiece richer. It will be interesting to see how the CitiCorp Internal Fraud Auditors an the Treasury Department sort this out. There are no traces of the diversion, it just seems to have happened. CitiBank has printed proof that the funds wer sent to the correct banks, and the correct banks acknowledgment on the same printout. The correct destination banks, however, have no record of the transaction. There is record of CitiBank sending funds to our Swiss account, but only the Swiss have those records. Since we were controlling the host whe the transactions were sent, there were no printouts on the sending side. Sinc we were not actually at a terminal connected to one of their line printers, no one should figure out to start contacting Swiss banks, and since CitiBank does this sort of thing daily with large European banks, they will be all twisted and confused by the time they find ours. Should they even get to our bank, they will then have to start the long and tedious process of extracting information from the Swiss. Then if they get the Swiss to cooperate, they wil have a dead-end with the account, since it was set up under the guise of a non-entity. The accounts in Dallas and Houston were also in fake names with fake Social Security Numbers; we even changed our appearances and handwriting styles at each bank. I'm glad I'm not the one who will have the job of tracking me down, or even trying to muster up proof of what happened. Now we won't have to worry about disposable income for awhile. I can finish college without working and still live in relative luxury. It's kind of weird having over six-hundred $10 bills in a drawer, though. Too bad we can't earn any interest on it! ** Since the events described transpired, CitiBank has made their Banking Transaction Ports all refuse collect connections. Even by connecting with an NUI they now respond "<>". C'est La Vie. >--------=====END=====--------< =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+ + END OF CuD #1.01 +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+===+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=

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