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Computer underground Digest Wed Nov 30, 1994 Volume 6 : Issue 101 ISSN 1004-042X Editors: Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (TK0JUT2@NIU.BITNET) Archivist: Brendan Kehoe Retiring Shadow Archivist: Stanton McCandlish Shadow-Archivists: Dan Carosone / Paul Southworth Ralph Sims / Jyrki Kuoppala Ian Dickinson Fruit-loop editor: Carnegie Melon CONTENTS, #6.101 (Wed, Nov 30, 1994) File 1--Holocaust revisionism goes up in flame wars File 2--Addition to alt.revisionism story File 3--USSC Rules "Defendants must Know" in Child Porn Cases File 4--Law, Science and Society Conference File 5--CPSR Discounted Membership File 6--CU in the News File 7--Legion of Doom "Terrorists?" (Chic Tribune summary) File 8--Cu Digest Header Info (unchanged since 25 Nov 1994) CuD ADMINISTRATIVE, EDITORIAL, AND SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION APPEARS IN THE CONCLUDING FILE AT THE END OF EACH ISSUE. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 14 Nov 1994 00:01:47 -0500 From: eye@INTERLOG.COM(eye WEEKLY) Subject: File 1--Holocaust revisionism goes up in flame wars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ eye WEEKLY November 10 1994 Toronto's arts newspaper every Thursday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EYE.NET EYE.NET .SIG HEIL Holocaust revisionism goes up in flame wars by K.K. CAMPBELL It was 56 years ago today that Germans awoke to find the Nazis had spent the night terrorizing Jews and destroying property in something called "Crystal Night." It was a test-run pogrom for the Holocaust to follow. Once upon a time, (the Internet's public discussion forums) was swamped with flame wars about the Holocaust. They'd be found anywhere -- in newsgroups like alt.conspiracy, soc.history, soc.culture.canada, misc.headlines, alt.individualism etc. One of the most persistent Nazi-apologists, Dan Gannon (, wildly spammed Holocaust-denying material, either not understanding or not caring about netiquette -- that is, you post appropriate material to appropriate groups. Thousands, from dozens of newsgroups, complained. Gannon's posts were bad enough, but they always brought rebuttal and endlessly repeated arguments. Today, most of these debates are found in one newsgroup: alt.revisionism -- dedicated to discussing "Holocaust revisionism," the claim that the Nazi extermination of Jews and other distinct peoples is a "hoax" exacted upon millions of unwary non-Jews. Anti-racist and anti-fascist online activists continue to track Gannon and his pals around the 9,000-odd newsgroups. One such hunter is Canada's Ken McVay ( McVay, 53, came to Canada in 1967 from the U.S. and is now a Canadian citizen (holds dual citizenship). He's Canada's foremost online anti-revisionist warrior. I've been reading his stuff for years. TRUE COLORS "When I first got started on this, everyone was sort of out there on their own," McVay told eye in a phone interview from his Vancouver Island home. "Almost by accident, working groups started coordinating their efforts." McVay works closely with Danny Keren ( and Jamie McCarthy (, among others. The goal is not censorship. "I am absolutely, unequivocally opposed to any kind of censorship," McVay says. This is a real shift in McVay's thinking. I vividly recall reading McVay his posts from about two years ago, where he'd vehemently defend Canadian anti-hate speech laws. "I don't anymore. I think it's the biggest possible mistake." What changed his mind? "Dealing with these guys on a daily basis for over two years. Seeing how easy it is to shoot them down. And it is. The most intellectual among them are stupid and completely inept when it comes to historical research. And, of course, they are liars. That being the case, why on Earth would anyone want to shut them up or force them underground? I want to know who I'm dealing with. I want to know where they are. And I want to know how their minds work." To see their true colors, McVay and compatriots badger and prod revisionists until they drop the scholarly pretense by, say, calling McVay a "Jew-lover" or complaining Hitler unfortunately missed the parents of some Jewish netter. It happens regularly. "These online discussions are not aimed at getting Gannon and his pals to change their minds," McVay says. "That ain't gonna happen. It's to reach the rest - - such as the new users that pop up every September in universities and stumble on this stuff. Many don't know how Nazis operate. Most racists don't go around with a little patch on their shoulder proclaiming: `I hate Jews, or blacks, or natives.' But it's there. We work to bring it out in the open." A.R. AS TESTING GROUND McVay and company are working on putting together a book, a primer on Holocaust-denial techniques. (He hasn't approached a publisher yet.) You often see the results of this ongoing research in alt.revisionism . McVay chuckles about having rabid anti-Semites ever at hand to help write it. "We throw out a chapter when we think it's done, content-wise. If the revisionists ignore it completely, then we know it's finished. If they respond, we say, `Ah! We missed that trick, calling a maple tree a Porsche.' So we add that argument in." A month later, they upload the chapter again. McVay says the "classic" revisionist tactic is misrepresentation of text. Outright lies. "They'll cite a historical text: `K.K. Campbell says on page 82 of his famous book that nobody died at Auschwitz.' Then you go to the Library of Congress and look up K.K. Campbell, page 82, and what you find he really said was, `It was a nice day at Dachau.' They get away with this because they know goddamn well most people don't have time to rush off to the Library of Congress. But people read that and say to themselves, `Who would lie about such a thing when it's so easy to prove them wrong? They must be telling the truth.' " The years of refutation have resulted in anti-revisionists transcribing mass amounts of death camp evidence and testimony into computer text files. McVay saved them. Soon netters requested the material. It began to take up so much time, he automated the process. You send an email request, the computer sends you back the file(s). The archive is now maybe 60 megs and may swell to over a gig in 1995. Write email to ADDRESS TK with the message GET HOLOCAUST/INDEX -- you'll be sent a huge index of Holocaust files (other files, too, on fascist racist-right groups). If you like the convenience of gopher, check out . Revisionists often assert McVay secretly gets operating funds from Jews. "I don't," McVay says. "The hard-drives are spread out on a table with a Canadian Tire fan blowing right at them. I can't afford to replace things, if it breaks, it's gone. However, I'm upfront -- if I get support money, I'll take it, Jewish or not. The fact that a Jewish organization would offer several grand to help wouldn't change the value of the historical data." He'd like to put it all on CD-ROM. "The Internet has to be a revisionist's worst communications nightmare," McVay says. "They can't ignore it, because, as you and I know, in 10-15 years everyone in North America is going to read stuff through the Internet. "And that's the beauty of the Internet: once it's refuted in an honest and academic fashion, you can't run away from it," McVay says. When the latest revisionist recruit charges in with the same old pamphlets, it's almost effortless for anyone to request a file and reply: "We covered this two years ago. Here is the massive refutation of that so-called scholarly report." It's there. For everyone. Forever. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Retransmit freely in cyberspace Author holds standard copyright Full issues of eye in archive gopher:// Coupla Mailing lists available "Break the Gutenberg Lock..." 416-971-8421 ------------------------------ From: eye@INTERLOG.COM(eye WEEKLY) Subject: File 2--Addition to alt.revisionism story Date: Sun, 20 Nov 1994 00:10:25 -0500 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ eye WEEKLY November 17 1994 Toronto's arts newspaper every Thursday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EYE.NET EYE.NET RANKING THE ALT.REVISIONISTS by K.K. CAMPBELL Last week, eye Net focused on Ken McVay, battle-hardened anti-revisionist warrior against net.Nazis and holocaust deniers alike who cruise the net. McVay and cohorts endeavor to demonstrate that under every single Holocaust denier you find an anti-Semite/racist/fascist -- no matter how "scholarly" a front may be presented. Newsgroup alt.revisionism has housed a changing cast of Holocaust deniers over the years. To help guide the newcomer through the raging flame wars, eye presents the current crew rated for denial motivations and cyberspace posting style. eye surveyed two dozen contributors who wage war with Holocaust deniers on a regular or semi-regular basis. While some polled were inclined to just give all revisionists 1 in smarts, it was understood this wouldn't be very useful to newcomers. More importantly, if all rated 1, then it's impossible to measure the intelligence of Tim McCarthy. This chart will be posted permanently in eye's online Web site -- . The chart can be updated, ratings recalculated, as new net.nazis and kin wander in. Useful tool for a.r newcomers. (McVay suggests eye add a new category -- the BSI or Berg Spittle Index. Using Friedrich Berg as a perfect 10 in spluttering vitriol, he says Gannon would come in at 9.9 and Hoffman at 7.5. These are, of course, but the most preliminary of ratings...) TOP TEN NET.HOLOCAUST-DENIERS | A | B | C | D || E | F | G | H | ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Friedrich Berg | 7 | 9 | 9 | 9 || 5 | 7 | 3 | 5 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Gannon | 7 | 8 | 7 | 9 || 2 | 4 | 4 | 3 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Michael A Hoffman | 7 | 8 | 8 | 8 || 4 | 4 | 4 | 3 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Milton Kleim | 9 | 9 |10a| 9 || 4 | 7 | 3 | 2 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tim McCarthy | 9 | 9 | 8 |10 || 1b| 3 | 1 | 1 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ? | 7 | 8 | 8 | 9 || 2 | 3 | 2 | 1 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Greg Raven | 4 | 5 | 5 | 5 || 5 | 8 | 8 | 4 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rick Savage | 9 |10 | 8 | 9 || 2 | 2 | 2 | 1 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bradley R. Smith | 5 | 5 | 5 | 5 || 6 | 7 | 7 | 4 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ross Vicksell | 3 | 4 | 5 | 5 || 6 | 7 | 8 | 3 | ( ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ratings are from 1-10 --10 high. (All rounded to nearest whole number.) MOTIVATIONAL TRAITS A = RACISM (10 = Christian Identity; 1 = indifferent) B = ANTI-SEMITISM (10 = pure visceral hate; 1 = dispassionate) C = FASCISM/NAZISM (10 = Sieg Heil; 1 = politically clueless) D = CONSPIRACISM (10 = "I have PROOF Jew-controlled Robot Icebergs sank the Titanic!!!!!!"; 1 = ya right, like any of them are 1s) PERSONAL TRAITS E = INTELLIGENCE (10 = snort, as if; 1 = "Bend over?! Jawohl, Mein Fuhrer!!!") F = COMPOSITION (10 = properly formatted paragraphs; 1 = forget computers, yet to master holding pencil) G = CIVILITY (10 = courteous; 1 = "FUKKK YOUU JOOOO!!!!111") H = ACADEMIC RESOURCES (10 = constant citations; 1 = "My dad told me that ...") NOTES a = Kleim rated 10 from all respondents; only one to achieve a perfect score in any category. b = McCarthy only person to receive several ZERO ratings for intelligence; these registered as 1 in computation. KILL (FILE) THE NAZIS Deborah Lipstadt argues in her recent book Denying The Holocaust (Penguin, $13.99, paper) that anti-revisionists should not just yell, but should refute revisionists --and then ridicule will issue forth from that. This is particularly relevant to cyberspace, which has no "central office." Netters who simply don't wanna see net.Nazi shit can use the all- important kill files. You'll find a copy of the Kill File FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) in eye archives to help explain to you how to use them. (Use gopher or Web and look in eye's Miscellaneous directory.) A kill file "tells" your news reader (the software that organizes all those posts) to filter out specific articles. You can kill all posts coming from a particular person, or a particular site, or on a particular subject. To help you ascertain which net.personalities are common kill file bait, eye introduces its series of KILL FILE TRADING CARDS! Instant collector's item! Trade with friends! Collect the set! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Retransmit freely in cyberspace Author holds standard copyright Issues of eye in archive gopher:// Coupla Mailing lists available "Break the Gutenberg Lock..." 416-971-8421 ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 18:22:43 PST From: Anonymous Subject: File 3--USSC Rules "Defendants must Know" in Child Porn Cases ((MODERATORS' Note: The following USSC decision should make sysops breathe a bit easier, because it requires that prosecutors show that defendants in "child pornography" cases know that the subjects are minors)). Source: Chicago Tribune, Nov 30 1994 (p. 10) CHILD PORNOGRAPHY LAW UPHELD IN 7-2 RULING, SUPREME COURT EDITS INEXACT PHRASING The Supreme Court salvaged the federal law against child pornography Tuesday by editing it to make clear that the government must prove that a defendant knew that the performers in sexually explicit photographs or films were under the age of 18. Congress almost certainly intended to include a knowledge requirement even though "the most natural grammatical reading" of the densely written law does not find one, Chief Justice William Rehnquist said in a 7-2 decision. The chief justice said that when Congress wrote the law in 1977 and amended it in 1984, it was aware of ((The story notes that USSC precedents have held that obscenity laws are unconstitutional unless they require proof that defendants know the nature of the material. Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Thomas, dissented)). The decision overturned a 1992 ruling by a federal appeals court in San Francisco, which had declared the law, the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation Act, unconstitutional on its face because it omitted a knowledge requirement. The statute's linguistic problem is the placement of the word "knowingly." The law provides that anyone who "knowingly transports or ships" or who "knowingly receives or distributes" visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct has committed a federal crime. Taken literally, the law requires only that the transporting, shipping, receiving or distributing be intentional, without reference to the sexually explicit contents or to the age of the performers. ((Rehnquist noted that a literal interpretation of the law would produce off, even absurd results)): Among the examples he gave of innocent violators of the law's literal meaning was "a retail druggist who returns an uninspected roll of developed film to a customer" and who thereby "knowingly distributes" a "visual depiction" that might turn out to show children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 12:26:44 -0600 From: Stephen Smith Subject: File 4--Law, Science and Society Conference LAW, SCIENCE AND SOCIETY the 11th annual higher education conference sponsored by the American Bar Associaton Commission on College and University Legal Studies WHERE: Detroit, Michigan [at The Atheneum Suite Hotel, a new hotel located in the revitalized Greektown area of Detroit, near Renaissance Center] WHEN: April 28-30, 1995 (Friday - Sunday) THEMES: The conference will explore a variety of relationships between law and science, including law's contribution to medical and ethical debates (e.g., reproduction, death and dying, genetics), the role of scientific and forensic evidence in the courtroom, environmental regulation, law and psychiatry, and the impact of technology on legal concepts and ideas of justice. Workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss curriculum, teaching, and learning within the context of law/science perspectives. WHO: This is an invitational conference. We seek a diverse group of about 75 faculty and other educators from the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields -- e.g., philosophy, sociology, history, political science, psychology, mental health, criminal justice, law, medicine, nursing and the health sciences, etc. COSTS: The ABA will pay for two nights of lodging at the Hotel for 40 invitees. As many as 30 additional applicants will be invited without a lodging subsidy. Preference for subsidies will be given to faculty whose interests bear most directly upon conference themes and who have not previously been subsidized at a Commission conference. A $75 registration fee ($40 for commuters) includes a complete set of conference materials, receptions, and group meals. TO APPLY: College and university faculty, deans, and organization- based educators wishing to apply should send a c.v. and a cover letter describing their interests by January 31, 1995 to: John Ryan, ABA Commission on College & University Legal Studies, 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago, IL 60611-3314; fax: 312/988-5032; or email: Please direct any questions or applications to this conference to the address, not the mailing list. Thanks. Anthony Star American Bar Asssociation, Commission on College and University Legal Studies 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314; 312/988-5736 (work); (home) ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 10 Nov 1994 13:40:47 -0800 From: email list server Subject: File 5--CPSR Discounted Membership ------------------------------------------------------ Second in a series of clever come-ons to entice you to join CPSR ------------------------------------------------------ Take advantage of this SPECIAL OFFER. 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Prodigy has been sued for $200 million over a message that called a stock offering a criminal fraud. There is speculation that Prodigy's zealous control of its message boards, especially in terms of obscenity and topic control, may result in the company being held to a standard higher than services who don't so tightly monitor user activity. The article also discusses Kodak's policy of not allowing employees to post on discussion groups when using a Kodak address. (ComputerWorld. Nov. 21, 1994 pg 1+) Sounding Off about Business Use of Internet =========================================== Two cogent and articulate writers "sound off" about the commercialization of the 'net in the Nov. 21, 1994 issue of ComputerWorld. One writer is a researcher/academic, the other a business consultant. Their arguments have been heard before, but having both side-by-side makes for a though-provoking piece. (ComputerWorld. Nov. 21, 1994. pg 116+) Cyberspace and The Law reviewed =============================== Datamation offers a short blurb about _Cyberspace and The Law: Your Rights and Duties in the Online World_. The reviewer found it to be a "well-written, well-organized primer meant for people who have more experience with he Internet then with the law." The book is by Edward Carvazos and Gavino Morin, MIT Press. (Datamation. Nov. 15, 1994 pg 100) ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 18:19:20 PST From: Anonymous Subject: File 7--Legion of Doom "Terrorists?" (Chic Tribune summary) ((MODERATORS' Comment: File this one under "another clueless reporter discovers the Internet." The opening paragraph says it all. We invite comments)) Privacy under siege in the heart of the Internet By Nathaniel Sheppard Jr. Tribune Staff Writer Source: The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 30, '94 (p. 1, 12) WASHINGTON--They're terrorists with names such as the Legion of Doom and Masters of Deception. But unlike the Red Guard or Symbionese Liberation Army of a previous era, their weapon of choice is a keyboard, not an assault rifle. They're among the subversives launching sporadic attacks on the information superhighway and raising troubling questions about security and privacy for individuals, corporations and federal law enforcement agencies. ((The article notes that electronic invaders compromised passwords, stole data, and are increasingly able to monitor telephone calls)) Perhaps most alarming are the attacks against Internet, a global grid of computer networks, and the widespread distribution over the internet of intrusion tool kits, the hacker's equivalent of the burglar's black bag. The tool kits contain "sniffer" programs that attach themselves to the hub of computer networks and copy user passwords and other log-in data. ((The story quotes a computer security expert, Earl Boebert in Roseville, Minn, as saying that there's a convergence of traditional areas of concern--protecing individuals' personal data from organizations and protecting intellectual property from theft, and some individuals are going after organizatins that keep personal data records. The story notes that sniffer programs are used by intruders, and recent targets this year included Milnet)). A Defense Department spokeswoman said intruders captured the identification codes of about 100,000 users and were able to "steal, alter or erase information on the affected computers and to shut computers down or alter them in such a way as to allow further undetected access to the compromised systems." "Attacks on the infrastructure are becoming increasingly more significant," said Barbara Fraser, manager of product development for the Computer Emergency Response Team, a federally funded project based at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh that helps computer users cope with intrusion problems. The agency was set up in 1988 after a young hacker named Robert Morris Jr. introduced a "worm" into Internet, compromising an estimated 6,000 "host" or primary systems. ((Cert handled more than 1,300 incidents last year, the story says. It alludes to the MCI calling card scheme, and repeats the questionable facts reported by earlier media sources)) The incidents are part of a rash of attacks by underground groups of hackers with names such as the Legion of Doom, groups made up largely of college students. Crackers, as the more malevolent hackers are called, have become very sophisticated. They focus their attacks on known weaknesses in systems or probe for back doors, said Scott Charney, director of the Justice Department's computer crimes unit. "Cases involving the Legion of Doom and the Masters of Deception really went to the heart of the system," he said. The legion is a group of about 20 hackers spread around the country. Beginning in 1987 three members of the group in Atlanta used pilfered passwords and old identification cards to gain access to computers at BellSouth, the regional phone company serving southeastern states. The three men, who subsequently pleaded guilty to computer fraud charges, eavesdropped on telephone conversations, re-routed calls, and are believed by authorities to have planted electronic messages in telephone facilities in Atlanta, Denver and New Jersey that could have knocked out 911 emergency and long distance service. In July 1992, members of a rival group of crackers, the Masters of Deception, allegedly broke into computers at BellSouth, TRW Information Services, Timenet, Nynex and other data carriers and stole credit reports and other confidential information that was sold to private investigators. The increase in attacks may be in part due to the proliferation of intrusion kits, Fraser said. "Tool kits for intruding on systems are being posted to bulletin boards all over the world," he said. "This allows even novices to enter network systems." ((The article notes that electronic theft of software is also increasing. It gives the exaple of TIE Fighter, based on Star Wars movies, that an employee made available to "software pirates" two weeks before the scheduled release. The article notes that some companies are hiring ex-hackers for security advice. 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