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From: Brian Andreja firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: FACTNET EMAIL BREACHED
Date: 3 Sep 1995 01:26:10 GMT
Organization: Pastel Hell Underground
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email@example.com (Chris Phillips) wrote:
In article firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com says...
We posted recently about possible security problems with our rmii email
accounts. Our fears were justified.
Lawrence Wollersheim has just learned that the security of his Rocky
Mountain Internet email account has been breached by parties unknown.
Within hours of the seizure of his computer by US Marshals and the Church
of Scientology on August 22nd, an unknown party broke into two email
accounts -- firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com -- changed the
passwords, read, and then deleted the email.
Although no one within the FACTNet organization can say who was
responsible, we imagine that people familiar with the Internet can do the
math and draw their own conclusions.
We remind everyone to pass along any suspicious messages you receive from
firstname.lastname@example.org. This is NOT Lawrence Wollersheim.
The FACTNet Defense Team
"The Internet is the Liberty Tree of the 90s."--Arnie Lerma, Director,
On behalf of RMII, these are the facts as we know them:
1. RMII was never notified of the seizure of FACTNet's hardware until 2 days
ago, which we are assuming contained their login and password information.
2. RMII's server was NOT compromised by any means. If email was read and
deleted, it was because whoever did it had the login and password for the
3. RMII's clearly states its Electronic Privacy Statement to its customers:
SNIP Electronic Mail Advisory
Vice President, Network Operations
Rocky Mountain Internet, Inc
email@example.com 719-576-6845 x2201
I cross-posted the FACTNET message from ARS to
Colorado and Boulder newsgroups because the raids
on Wollersheim and Penny happened in our backyard
and also because Rocky Mountain Internet is a local
Unless there are facts regarding the situation, of
which I am unaware, I do not assume that FACTNET
was criticizing Rocky Mountain Internet for the
breach of security.
If I can "do math" as FACRNET suggests, it would
be as follows:
FACT 1) The Church of Scientology (Co$) (spit) with the
assistance of Judge Kane and U.S. Marshalls, forcibly
searched the homes of Wollersheim and Penny, seizing
computer hardware and software.
FACT 2) Being in possession of Wollersheim's computer,
the Co$ (spit) was also likely to be in possession of
the login and password to the RMI accounts mentioned.
CONCLUSION 3) Continuing its history of covert and
coercive tactics against ex-members and critics,
one could conclude that the Co$ (spit) logged into
Wollersheim's accounts to collect e-mail, delete
e-mail and possibly send e-mail in Wollersheim's name.
So while I understand Chris's concern over his company's
reputation, I don't believe the FACTNET post was intended
to be a criticism of RMI. It's just one indication of
why everyone should be concerned and actively involved
in stopping the Co$ (spit, spit, spit).