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Computer underground Digest Wed Dec 7, 1994 Volume 6 : Issue 103 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 Copy Reader: Laslo Toth CONTENTS, #6.103 (Wed, Dec 7, 1994) File 1--Re: AA BBS - Thomases are going to jail... File 2--Microsoft helps nab "obscene" BBS (fwd) File 3--"Evil Net Threatens to Collapse Civilization" (eyeW fwd) File 4-- "Protect Your Privacy" Author Online on CIS File 5--Cu in the News File 6--Account Broken Into File 7--cybercafe @ phone File 8--"Hacker Learns Intelligence Secrets" (Update - Risks Reprint) File 9--Call for Workshop Proposals File 10--Politics of Science & Technology (fwd) File 11--Cu Digest Header Information (unchanged since 25 Nov 1994) CuD ADMINISTRATIVE, EDITORIAL, AND SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION APPEARS IN THE CONCLUDING FILE AT THE END OF EACH ISSUE. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 10:55:10 PST From: hkhenson@CUP.PORTAL.COM Subject: File 1--Re: AA BBS - Thomases are going to jail... We have a Problem . . . H. Keith Henson Part of the Federal Government's law enforcement mechanism is under the control of the Religious Right. By reaching out thousands of miles through cyberspace connections, the RR is using Federal power to suppress constitutionally protected activities which they find offensive. I expect the RR people involved feel that what they are doing is fair return for Federal power being used to suppress the school Christmas pageant in a thousand sleepy little towns in middle America--and less dangerous than offing abortion doctors, or killing gays. Most of you reading these groups are familiar with the AA BBS case. In a nutshell, a postal inspector in Memphis called Amateur Action BBS in California, downloaded a dozen files, ordered other stuff, shipped the sysop some unsolicited kiddy porn, then arrested the sysop (Robert Thomas) and his wife (Carleen) for kiddy porn and (by Memphis standards) obscenity. They were tried in Memphis last summer by an obviously biased court. (The judge and prosecutor made no attempt to hide their longstanding mutual admiration.) The Memphis jury found the sysop and his wife guilty of obscenity, but even they couldn't buy the kiddy porn charges, and acquitted on that charge. Friday (Dec. 2, 1994), in the worst perversion of justice I have ever witnessed, the sysop and his wife were sentenced to three years. They were lucky to get that little time. I got a look at the pre-sentencing report. (I may be able to post some of it later.) The recommended sentence included about twice this amount of time based on the kiddy porn charge they were *acquitted* of. Those reports are simply *amazing*. They cover family members and history out a generation or so in all directions, not to mention school, medical records, tax filings, and any police record--even if you were found innocent! It seems to be the function of these things to put your entire life in the worst possible light. Someone should take the form and do one for Christ just prior to the Crucifixion. It would run something like: ". . . questionable father, . . low class occupation (carpenter), . . . accused of impersonating a doctor by healing sick, . . . known to associate with low class persons, . . . travels about (vagabond), . . ." Back to the problem. I find the situation intolerable--without having a clear idea of how to deal with it. With little more effort (though a lot more skill than the postal inspector demonstrated) the RR-controlled Feds can create crime and venue problems for just about anyone running a BBS or net node. Certainly *any* system which carries* is subject to the same treatment by the Religious Right (in the guise of the Memphis Feds) as AA BBS. In fact, the very .gifs that were found obscene in Memphis were made "freely distribute," by Robert and have been posted *many* times to the net. Could we use economic retaliation? I won't use Federal Express any more because it and Graceland (and the cat houses near Graceland) seem to be the economic mainstays of Memphis. Unfortunately, even a very effective economic boycott is not going to have an effect on the zealots, and depressing that area further might make it an even *more* repressive backwater because the last of the intelligent/tolerant people would move out. On the other hand, economic pressures might induce the more sensible part of the community to pressure the zealots into being more tolerant (at least of people 3 time zones away!). In recent years economic pressure has induced two states to change laws. A positive sign that economic pressure might be effective is that the local newspaper did *not* support the prosecution. Research question: Why did the Memphis Feds back off after the Deep Throat trials? Is the law any help? After nearly a year of watching the process, I am *quite* pessimistic. In its own way, the court system is deeply corrupt. I think even the RR folks know this is a political case and not a criminal one. In political cases, leaving a person out on bail during appeal is normal, but in this case, it is very much in the government's interest to have Robert out of circulation so he cannot pursue the Electronic Communication Privacy Act suit and other causes of action against them in civil court. Robert's motion for bail during appeal was denied. Are there political routes? Yes, but chancy. It is possible that a political fight with the RR might backfire and result in heavy restrictions on the nets. Coming down hard on the nets would be very popular with the Administration forces after the Clipper debacle. The power of the net to organize political force must be quite worrying to those in power. (It is clear to me that modern day revolutions, anywhere in the world, and peaceful or not, would be organized through the net. In some places this has already happened.) It may be that a general cutting down on the powers of the Federal Government is in order. This has pros and cons, and support (in some areas) even from the RR. How *does* one shrink the unshrinkable? Tax revolts (in the form of massive political pressure) seem to come about when the tax rates get as high as they are now. Another possibility is that the formation of private money may greatly shrink the ability of governments everywhere to collect taxes. Should people start thinking about direct action? I hope we don't come to this! There is nothing I can think of worse than arousing the technically knowledgeable to take the infrastructure apart. Problem is that pinpoint damage (like taking the 901 area code down for a few days or weeks) is somewhere between impossible and probably impossible. (Though ATT managed to take down their entire phone network for a day with a missing "case" statement.) Your thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated. Please post encrypted through a remailer chain if you absolutely *must* post ideas about the last paragraph! ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 4 Dec 1994 19:05:34 -0600 (CST) From: David Smith Subject: File 2--Microsoft helps nab "obscene" BBS (fwd) Date-- Sat, 3 Dec 1994 18--25--28 -0500 Here is the complete article. My Internet pathway through AOL sucks, has problems posting and connecting. The unnamed computer-right attorney is from EFF. Maybe you can post the whole article from your end. Thanks. Later, WildBoy 25 Article follows: MICROSOFT LEAD BROKE COMPUTER OBSCENITY CASE 12/2/94 by Jonathan Sidener The Arizona Republic The key elements of an obscenity investigation against a state Department of Public Safety officer were gathered by the world's largest developer of software, not by public law-enforcement officers. According to court records released late Thursday, a principal investigator in a case that led to the seizure of computer equipment and the temporary shutdown of a pay-for-access bulletin board is an employee of Microsoft Corp. A leading computer-rights attorney said Microsoft's role in the investigation was unusual. But authorities defended Microsoft's role as routine and appropriate. When asked why a private corporation was involved in a criminal investigation of obscenity rather than in copyright or other corporate issues, an official with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said it is common for software, telephone or credit-card investigators to pass along information of possible crimes to law-enforcement investigators. The Microsoft investigator prowled the Phoenix "Wish Book" bulletin board in August, September and October and downloaded electronic images of bestiality and sexual acts involving excrement, according to the records in a search-warrant affidavit. The records say David Swartzendruber investigates software piracy for Microsoft's law and corporate-affairs department. The Wish Book was a bulletin board raided Tuesday by the DPS. DPS Officer Lorne Shantz, 38, who operated the bulletin board from his Phoenix home, was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Warrants also were served on the residences of Bob Barbee and Stan Rosenblatt, who were co-operators of the system. Shantz, a 14-year veteran of DPS, began the bulletin board in August 1988. No criminal charges have been filed against any of the three. Shantz has declined to comment on the advice of attorneys. The affidavit gives this account of the steps leading to the investigation: Officials received allegations from DPS Sgt. Dan Mitchell and two "confidential informants" that Shantz's bulletin board was distributing child pornography. No evidence of child pornography has been found. Swartzendruber began searching for copyright violations and child pornography in late August. On at least two occasions in September and at least one in October, he found what was called "obscene materials" and downloaded them. Swartzendruber provided the files to DPS investigators. Deputy County Attorney Gail Thackeray defended Microsoft's role in the investigation. She said she and DPS already had opened an investigation into Wish Book when Microsoft approached them with information about the reputedly obscene materials. Thackeray said a Phoenix police detective who had been brought into the investigation by the County Attorney's Office later found on his own in Wish Book the images Microsoft had provided to investigators. "Private investigators routinely exchange information with law-enforcement officials, and it's not unique to the computer industry," Thackeray said. But Michael Godwyn, an attorney for the Electronic Freedom Foundation, questioned Microsoft's role in the Wish Book case. Godwyn made his comments Thursday before the affidavits were released and before the full extent of Microsoft's role was made public. He could not be reached late Thursday. A call to Microsoft's public-relations office in Redmond, Wash., was not returned. Barnett Lotstein, special assistant to County Attorney Rick Romley, said Arizona obscenity statutes specifically define as obscene materials depicting bestiality or explicit materials involving excrement. "This is Justice Stewart stuff," Lotstein said, referring to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who said that he couldn't define obscenity, but that he knew it when he saw it. "This clearly falls within our statute," Lotstein said. Lotstein said the seizure of computer equipment was not intended to shut down the bulletin board. He said the equipment will be returned after authorities are able to copy all of the computer files. The search warrant specifies that only the electronic mail of the three system operators would be read. ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 22:26:45 -0500 From: eye@INTERLOG.COM(eye WEEKLY) Subject: File 3--"Evil Net Threatens to Collapse Civilization" (eyeW fwd) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ eye WEEKLY November 24 1994 Toronto's arts newspaper every Thursday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EYE.NET EYE.NET EVIL NET THREATENS TO COLLAPSE CIVILIZATION Film at 11 by K.K. CAMPBELL In that insatiable quest for coverage of the 3 Ps -- pornography, pedophilia and piracy -- reporters will stop at nothing. Hell, they'll even manufacture the tale. On Oct. 10, some person named Tom Kavanagh ( wrote a post called "RESEARCHING COMPUTER PORN _ HELP WANTED" to newsgroup ont.general. Ol' Tom posted for reporter Jeffrey Kofman. CBC's Kofman [CBC is Canada's national broadcast outlet] writes: "Have you discovered the limitless range ofcomputer porn? Have you discovered your kid/student discovering thesame? I am a CBC- TV journalist preparing a report on computerpornography and I am looking for people who are prepared to talk abouttheir own experiences. "I'd like to meet some teenage kids who can navigate through the world of computer porn and who can show me what they've found. I'd also like to meet parents and teachers who have come across their kids/students exploring this world." Ain't that special? Kofman doesn't even have a net account. He has to get some third person to post his request. Yet he's the one who's going to "inform" the public about the porn-percolating net. When are large news organizations going to wake up and realize they have to hire someone who has a working knowledge of the net? General assignment reporters can't be expected to know everything, but come on, people -- do you send someone to cover Queen's Park who doesn't even understand what the hell Ontario is? The only public response I saw came the next day from Justin Wells ( -- a satire of Kofman's post: "I am a yellow journalist preparing a sensationalistic story on the information superhighway, and I am looking for people prepared to provide me with shocking and unrepresentative anecdotes from their own experiences." TO BOLDLY GO BRAIN-DEAD Not to be outdone, CTV proudly entered its candidate for eye's First Annual Stupid Net Coverage Awards with a full-page ad for some TV show called William Shatner's Tekwar. The Nov. 2 ad ran in Starweek (The Star's TV guide thing) featured the bold headline: "In 2044, drugs aren't sold on the street. They're sold on the Internet." The ad shows some white-bread male model pointing a plastic space-gun (it's 2044 after all!) at some darker-skinned non-white-bread male model -- clearly right in the middle of an exciting drug bust on the Infobahn. Brilliant work, Captain. JANET MARSTEN REPORTS... Displaced Torontonian Janet Marsten ( -- that's Scotland) writes to EYE.NET: "After reading your article on the media and the net a few weeks back [August 4], I thought you might enjoy this little piece of misinformation and hype. I wanted you to know that the media hype on this side of the Atlantic is just as ignorant, inaccurate and sensationalist as it is there. The only difference is that few people have even heard of Karla Homolka!" Net.trooper Marsten sends an article from the Oct. 8 edition of The Scotsman -- Scotland's national newspaper -- called "Cook Book With A Nasty Taste." It's a story about The Anarchist's Cookbook and how the unregulated net corrupts children! The Anarchist's Cookbook dates back to 1971, long before the net as we know it. It circulates cyberspace and I've seen it a few times. Last I checked, you can grab a copy at anon FTP in /tmp/apple . It tells how to make bombs, how to make LSD, etc. -- guerilla warfare stuff. It's generally shunned as poorly researched. Indeed, some even suggest it was created by some disinformation agents during the turbulent '60s and early '70s by something like COINTELPRO, the FBI counter intelligence program which tried to fuck-up radicals by disseminating incorrect info. Anyway, three Scottish kids (all under age 16) were dragged before the court for credit card fraud. They scammed 1,734 of computer gear and games. To hear the adults tell it, the kids were corrupted by the "evil" Cookbook file circulating the net. The Scotsman uses the file as a peg to mention that the net has mountains of dirty pictures... and even images of people being beheaded in Vietnam! What a bunch of sickos these netters are. Shovel away this panic-mongering, what did the kids actually do? They picked up the phone and called people, hoping to find adults stupid enough to give out their credit card numbers to a complete stranger. The kids then used info given them by mentally-challenged adults to order computer stuff. As if anyone needs the Cookbook to figure that out. The mother of one of the boys says she's only speaking out to warn mothers everywhere about the evil Cookbook and the net. She notes, ominously, that the disk with the Cookbook file on it "looked no different from any other in the disk box." The judge ordered the disk confiscated, hoping that would end the matter. But the mother warns "the disk" has been circulating "in the south of England." Unfortunately mom lets slip the real story here: "The boys phoned about 15 people and of the 15 they got 11 'no's. I'm quite convinced that if the other four had told them to 'bugger off,' then the boys would have just given up." No protecting people from their own stupidity. Of course, when news media try to whip up hysteria, the stupidity of others becomes a control weapon. Oh yeah, BTW -- you can buy civilization-threatening The Anarchist's Cookbook at the World's Biggest Bookstore (Barricade Books, $34.75 cloth). [World's Biggest Bookstore is nothing but a huge Toronto bookstore.] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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: 05 Dec 94 10:47:03 EST From: Gordon Meyer <72307.1502@COMPUSERVE.COM> Subject: File 4-- "Protect Your Privacy" Author Online on CIS (Moderators' Note: The following announcement is reprinted from CompuServe's event calendar.) Protect Your Privacy Author Online (05-Dec-94) Bill Stallings, the author of "Protect Your Privacy: A Guide for PGP Users," will be the featured guest in an NCSA InfoSecurity Forum conference on 11-Dec at 9 p.m. EST (03:00 CET). Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is the most widely used multivendor software for electronic-mail security. It also fulfills all the requirements for a universal e-mail privacy utility and is platform- and operating system-independent. The conference will be held in the forum's Conference Room 1. A copy of the book's foreword by Phil Zimmerman, the creator of PGP, is in the NCSA InfoSecurity Forum's Library 19, "Book Reviews," under the file name IS149.DES. If you have specific questions or topics you want to have addressed at the online conference, send them to Bill Stallings via CompuServe Mail (GO MAIL) at User ID number 72500,3562. To access the NCSA InfoSecurity Forum, part of CompuServe's extended services, GO NCSAFORUM. ------------------------------ Date: 05 Dec 94 16:47:40 EST From: Gordon Meyer <72307.1502@COMPUSERVE.COM> Subject: File 5--Cu in the News MS-VisaNet ========= MicroSoft and VISA International have signed a letter of intent to co-develop a secure method for executing credit card transactions over the 'net. The first implementation has been scheduled for sometime in 1995. (Datamation. Dec. 1, 1994 pg 22) Crypto to foil Pirates =============== Teledyne and Zenith are developing a military-grade cryptography system for use with advanced cable and telephone systems delivering video-on-demand, home shopping, video games, etc. (Datamation. Dec. 1, 1994 pg. 17) Spouses Beware =========== Personal computers are being used more and more as a source of incriminating information in divorce cases, reports the Privacy Journal. Divorce lawyers say a spouse's personal computer can uncover evidence of "double-book" accounting or hidden personal assets. Not only can a spouse's computer contain financial records but information relative to the calendared activities of a person. Many states, however, have written their computer crime laws so that such access may be a crime. (Reprinted with permission from Communications of the ACM. Nov., 1994. pg. 10) More on Crypto Systems ================== The focus of the November, 1994 issue of Communications of the ACM is "securing cyberspace." Check out the whole magazine for several great articles about security, crypto, and related issues. ------------------------------ Date: Mon, 5 Dec 1994 15:13:52 -0700 From: root@PINE.CSE.NAU.EDU(System Administrator) Subject: File 6--Account Broken Into This account,, was broken into from elsewhere on the Internet on Dec. 5 between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM MST. The intruder launched a number of processes that mailed more than 15,000 racist and offensive messages from this account on Dec. 5 between 3:30 AM and 8:30 AM MST. The administrators of the College of Engineering and of Northern Arizona University apologize for mail sent from this account. If you have any additional information that may assist us in our investigation, please mail Thank you. Paul Balyoz, Senior Systems Programmer Computer Science Department Northern Arizona University PO Box 15600, Flagstaff AZ 86011, USA ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 6 Dec 1994 15:16:21 +0000 From: heath@CYBERCAFE.ORG(heath bunting) Subject: File 7--cybercafe @ phone cybercafe @ phone global directory of public telephones in a time of private prosperity and public poverty public telephones offer the potential for a wealthy public space we aim to have the details of at least one public telephone in each country in the world (currently 233 countries) register cool public telephones in or query the global directory either by post: 1a monouth str, london wc2h 9da, uk telephone: 44 171 497 2916 email: www: folowing information is required / provided dial number: description of telephone: dial type (tone / pulse): calls (incoming & outgoing / incoming / outgoing) : known bugs / hacks: description surrounding area: postal address of telephone: first language of area : second language of area : longtitude : latitude : time difference +/-GMT: other comments: send some nice telephone graphics (keep them small <50k) heath cybercafe aims to promote/create spaces/situations in which people can create/behave/express/experience in ways unavailable in currently existing places Domains of activity radio/tv/telephones/fax/ mailart/flyposting/performance/computer. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= vox 44 171 497 2916 mbl 44 374 823 840 1a monmouth street bbs 44 171 240 3332 london wc2h 9da UK vms 44 171 209 3093 ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 4 Dec 94 19:20:43 EST From: "Mike Alexander" Subject: File 8--"Hacker Learns Intelligence Secrets" (Update - Risks Reprint) Since you published the original Risks item on the Independent article related to the BT hacker incident (CuD 6.102), I thought you might be interested in the follow up. Apparently it wasn't all it seemed to be. I know nothing about this except what I've read in Risks. Mike Alexander University of Michigan From-- (Sidney Markowitz) Subject-- British Telecom "hacker" article was a hack! [Thanks to (Sidney Markowitz) for letting me see copyrighted Newsbytes material, which I have starkly abstracted. PGN] Steve Fleming, the reporter noted in RISKS-16.58 as responsible for the article on the "hacking" of BT's Customer Service System (CSS), has admitted that he himself was the unknown Internet hacker. ``Instead of gaining unauthorized access to the BT computers, he actually worked for a lengthy period of time (three months, according to Newsbytes sources) and was required to access the CSS computer system as part of his job. "I didn't realize how sensitive the information was, but I was horrified how easy it was to get into the system," he is quoted as saying in the London Observer newspaper.'' Fleming may be prosecuted. (Source: RISKS-FORUM, Volume 16, Issue 59, Wed. Nov. 30, 1994). ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 07:23:17 -0800 From: email list server Subject: File 9--Call for Workshop Proposals +----------------------------------------------------------------+ MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY Chicago, IL, USA March 3-4, 1995 Sponsored by the Center for Urban Economic Development, University of Illinois at Chicago +----------------------------------------------------------------+ CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (please repost and distribute freely) +----------------------------------------------------------------+ The Technology Revolution is touching every aspect of our lives. Its impact has perhaps been most profound on the way things are made, and with it, on jobs. The Midwest Conference on Technology, Employment and Community will focus on the impact of the Technology Revolution on economic life, and its social consequences. 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This conference will provide an opportunity for scholars, community leaders, trade unionists, and anyone else concerned about the future of their communities and livelihood to discuss the impact and possibilities of the Technology Revolution, and look at how new technologies can be deployed to raise everyone's standard of living. The conference will also provide technology demonstration sites, and provide opportunities to learn about the new technologies. The Midwest Conference on Technology, Employment and Community will mix plenary sessions with workshops. We encourage your participation both through attending the conference and through conducting a workshop or organizing a panel. We are currently soliciting workshop proposals. We suggest proposals on the themes below, but any topic related to the conference purpose is welcome. Community activists and off-campus researchers are encouraged to organize panels. 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