Subject: Police actions in Finland (read Julf's posting)
Date: 19 Feb 1995 16:34:42 GMT
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From: aakko@cc.Helsinki.FI (Pekka Aakko)
Date: 18 Feb 1995 20:42:23 +0200
After reading Julf's posting here, and after reading today's Helsingin
Sanomat (biggest daily newspaper here in Finland), I felt pretty helpless.
It seems it CAN happen... ah well, let m quote the article in HS, hopefully
I won't be sued ;) Also, the translation is my own, and I apologize if there
are "bad" errors, there shouldn't be thou:
Helsingin Sanomat, 18 - Feb - 1995
The investigators of Bureau of Investigations in Helsinki (police) have
confiscated sender information from a link on the internet in Helsinki.
The police took information last weeks wednesday from the server maintained by
Penetic Inc., Finland, from which people could send anonymous messages
and information throughout the world.
The police acted upon a request of investigation made by the international
church of scientology. The HQ of CoS claims that an unknown person has
penetrated into the computer system of the church itself in the United States
and has stolen a rapport that is classified as "business security" (*).
According to the announcement made by the scientologists the illegal data
has been spread on the internet 23rd of January. Helsinki server has been
used to distribute the data.
The server allows people to send material to the net, showing only a numerical
id as a sender. Real place of origin is left to the server logs, with which
the sender can be traced.
The lawyer for the CoS in Finland, mr. Jussi Savonen, suspects in the
announcement that the person whom hacked into the CoS computer system
"is possibly the same person" who sent these mails through anon.penet.fi.
"At least the person who spread this information knows from where and from
whom he/she has got the information", say Savonen.
POLICE SUSPECTS UNAUTHORIZED USE
The police grounded their search and information confiscation by the fact
that the sender is suspected of "unauthorized use (of a computer)". The
president of Penetic Inc, mr. Johan Helsingius, says that he hadn't any
other possibility than to give the information requested to the police.
"Otherwise the police would have confiscated the whole machine" says
Police got a sample of so called loginformation, which was delivered to
the police in Los Angeles via Interpol.
Police stopped the investigations of this case last monday. According to
the investigation no one has committed a crime at least in Finland.
The investigator assigned to this case, mr Kaj Malmberg, says that the
information gathered from the anon.penet.fi logs doesn't necessarily
lead to real sender. "You can only see the infromation that the sender
has given to himself. I suspect that the information gained from the
server won't lead us anywhere" says Malmberg.
Also the maintainer of the Anon server thinks that tracing
the real sender is hard. "A technically skilled person can registrate
with false name" says Helsingius.
SCIENTOLOGISTS SILENCE THE CRITICS
Helsingius thinks the actions taken by the police are principally
remarkable. It is supposedly the first time the police broke the
anonymity shield of any anonymous server on the internet.
There are about 20 anon servers operating in the world, but the police hasn't
been visiting them.
The person hunted by the scientologists (CoS) has also delivered troublesome
information (troublesome for the church) to the internet before. According
to the information gained by Helsingius few anon servers have been silencing
the scientology criticism after the church's lawyers have been pressuring
the maintainers of the services with their letters. The CoS say the reasons
have been the copyright violations.
Helsingius wonders also, that according to his knowledge, the lawyer for
the scientologists, mr Jussi Savonen, has gotten the information which
the police confiscated. "Savonen called my lawyer and asked what the
internet codes meant [referring to the log file]", says Helsingius.
Helsingin Sanomat did not reach Jussi Savolainen for his comments.
[The rest of the article, few lines, talks about the child pornography
case that jumped up a week ago in Finland, where anon.penet.fi was
suspected of being a gateway for the illegal picture exchange.]
(*) This term is a bit hard for me to translate, but it talks about
business security and some law stuff... maybe some other people
who are more adept in finnsih->english can tell us what
"yritys- ja asianajosalaisuus" is more exactly :)
But still, I likea reading the Thetan stories from the net, it is as
much amusing as the science fiction I can buy from the local bookstore,
but now I only have to pay the local phone bill :-)
Anyways, let's see what will happen, when the Co$ goes hunting...
Pekka "Pehu" Aakko Carrolssin tarjoukset on melko mauttomia
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