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Happy Hacker Digest Feb. 10, 1997
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Special Internet Bad Guys Revealed issue!

Table of Contents

Court Declares Spamming to Be Computer Crime!
Legal Question: Is it OK to Spam the Spammers?
Pro-spam ISP Discovered
Ugly Internet Hoax Revealed
Dc-Stuff Hacker List Flame War Rages

COURT DECLARES SPAMMING TO BE COMPUTER CRIME!

From: Keith Bostic <bostic@bsdi.com>
Forwarded-by: Sean Eric Fagan <sef@Kithrup.COM>
Forwarded-by: bonesg8@aol.com
>From Today's Philadelphia Enquirier
http://www2.phillynews.com/inquirer/97/Feb/05/business/AOL05.htm

[A] federal judge in Ohio declared that bulk mail sent by Cyber Promotions
Inc. to CompuServe subscribers amounts to computer trespassing.

CompuServe, of Columbus, Ohio, filed suit against Cyber Promotions last
year, saying that its host computers were bogged down with junk e-mail,
and that subscribers were complaining bitterly about having to sift
through their electronic mailboxes while the meter was running on their
CompuServe accounts.

"CompuServe is entitled to restrict access to its private property," U.S.
District Judge James L. Graham of Ohio ruled Monday. He issued an order
that prohibits Cyber Promotions from sending its electronic advertisements
to any of CompuServe's estimated 5 million members.  Wallace, who said he
mails out about 1.8 million e-mail messages a day for 7,000 clients, said
CompuServe had a much larger target than Cyber Promotions.

"CompuServe wanted to set a precedent so they could stop other companies
from sending commercial e-mail, and they got what they wanted," he said.

In his 32-page order, Graham reflected the complaints of many Internet
users by writing, "High volumes of junk e-mail devour computer processing
and storage capacity, slow down data transfer between computers... and
cause recipients to spend time and money wading through messages that they
do not want."

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Subject: AOL-Cyberpomo settlement: Spamford's butt kicked again
Forwarded-by: jstron1@umbc.edu (strong john)

(The first article is the AOL version of the judgement, and the following
article is Spamford's spin on it.)

AOL Wins Federal Court Order to Protect Members from Junk E-mail

In a win for its 8 million members, AOL secured a federal court order
prohibiting CyberPromotions from circumventing members tools meant to
block junk e-mail.  The order, which comes one day after another federal
court in Ohio ruled against CyberPromotions, will prevent CyberPromotions
from sending unsolicited e-mail to AOL members who don't want to receive
it.  The order goes into effect Friday.

"This decision is another big win for AOL members because it puts them in
control of their e-mail," according to David Phillips, AOL's Associate
General Counsel.  "They can still receive CyberPromotions junk e-mail if
they want; but most members don't, and CyberPromotions is now legally
bound to respect their wishes.

"Cyberspace consumers are fed up with junk e-mail and AOL leads the
industry in giving its members tools like PreferredMail to help them enjoy
the interactive experience.  This victory validates AOL's PreferredMail
tool and underscores the added value consumers receive when they use AOL."

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                 CYBER PROMOTIONS VS. AOL SETTLED
 
  Feb 4, 1997 - Philadelphia -  The lawsuit between Cyber
 Promotions, Inc. and America Online was settled today.  Each of the
 parties agreed to mutual releases without monetary damages.  AOL gave
 Cyber Promotions permission to continue to send its commercial email into
 AOL's system.   Cyber can send its email from up to five different domain
 names, including tosguard.com, which protects AOL members from having
 their accounts terminated for advertising with Cyber Promotions.  AOL
 also agreed to periodically announce to its members that they can opt-in
 to the receipt of commercial email from companies like Cyber Promotions
 by going to keyword: PreferredMail and checking it off.
 
  Cyber Promotions' president, Sanford Wallace, stated "This
 settlement is a victory for everyone involved.  Cyber will benefit from
 the fact that AOL is now permanently allowing Cyber Promotions to send
 commercial email into its system.  This will also benefit AOL members
 because AOL's preferred mail tool will now give the recipient a choice
 to either receive or block commercial email."
 
 --------------------------------------------------------------------
 ATTENTION AOL MEMBERS:
 
 If you wish to continue receiving Cyber Promotions' emailings,
 you must follow the "preferred mail" directions below.
 Cyber will only send email to AOL members who disable
 "preferred mail" as of this Friday, Feb 7, 1997.
 
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
CONSENT ORDER

As part of a resolution of this litigation, the parties agree to the entry
of this Order:

It is on this 4th day of Feb. 1997, ORDERED that defendants, Cyber
Promotions, Inc. ("Cyber") and Sanford A. Wallace, and their officers,
agents, servants, employees and any persons in active concert or
participation with them (collectively, "enjoinees"), are enjoined
effective February 7, 1997, as follows:

1. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties, all unsolicited
e-mail sent by enjoinees to AOL or any of its members must be sent from
one of five domain names ("cyberpromo.com, answerme.com, savetrees.com,
pleaseread.com, or tosguard.com") registered with InterNIC and the header
containing the return address of such email must bear the same one of the
five domain names.  In other words, enjoinees are prohibited from
circumventing or attempting to circumvent the filtering effects of the
"PreferredMail" tool.

2. Cyber shall configure the computers and software they use to enable
any AOL subscriber to remove himself or herself promptly and permanently
from Cyber's mailing list by use of the e-mail reply command.

By the court:

Charles R. Weiner
2/4/97

LEGAL QUESTION: IS IT OK TO SPAM THE SPAMMERS?

From: "Greg Bulmash" <gbhp@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Here's a question for the happy hackers...

If some stupid-ass web site e-mail spammed you, could you set up a
script to go to one of their publicly accessible pages and constantly
re-load selected graphics without caching them, allowing it to eat
their bandwidth as fast as your modem and their server could handle for
as long as you were willing to tie up your system?

Also, is there a way to eat their bandwidth faster than your modem
can download it, i.e. sending requests as fast as you can send them
with packet spoofing so the graphics are being sent as fast as
their server and line can handle right into a bitbucket?

I know that this isn't necessarily a good thing because it could be
used against any web site you wanted to bankrupt out of existence, so
please don't post the answer on how to do it.  Just post whether it's
possible and whether it's legal.

This proliferation of e-mail spam has just ticked me off too much and
it would be really nice to sort of say "You want to waste bandwidth?
Okay, then let's waste some bandwidth, s*****!" and zing these jerks
where it really hurts... in the wallet.

-Greg

PRO-SPAM ISP DISCOVERED

From: "Greg Bulmash" <gbhp@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Spam Encouragement?

For the HH List:

Got spammed, and while checking out the spammer's ISP, I found this
public policy.

------------------------------
Business e-mail

Business e-mail, a.k.a. "spamming" is defined in many way by many
people. We choose not to enter a debate on the definition of "spam'.

We allow the sending of business e-mail to legally promote legal
activities.

Business e-mail sites downstream of Sallynet.com (either its direct
customers or customer's customers, ad infinitum) must adhere to these
guidelines noted below. The intent is not to prevent any specific
activity per se, but to require business e-mail senders to retain
responsibility for their actions:

Business e-mailers on our system must have a From: or Reply-to: address
that reaches a valid address of the sender. The sender must offer to
remove the recipient from the business e-mailers list in the message. A
business e-mail site may not intentionally deceive or misrepresent
themselves in order to subvert detection or avoid this policy. Business
e-mail site must make reasonable efforts to check all mailing list for
duplicates.

Sallynet.com will follow the procedure below for dealing with
complaints about a specific site.

Complaints about specific sites will be reviewed for illegal content.

Note: When submitting complaints, remember that the sending of e-mail,
whether deemed solicited or unsolicited is not illegal.

We will not review complaints containing profanity. Threats of a
fiscal or technical nature will be forwarded immediately to the proper
state and federal authorities.

-------------------------

I know only "legal" hacking is encouraged, but what can be done about
****-offs like this?  You can find the ISP's site at www.sallynet.com.

-Greg

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|"If you can find a better deal, I'll eat my foot"  |
| -  Earl "Stumpy" Johnson's famous last words      |
-----------------------------------------------------
|Greg Bulmash                       greg@bulmash.com|
|  Writing, Editing, DTP, Web Design & Sympathy     |
-----------------------------------------------------
|          Check Out My Award Winning Site          |
|             http://www.bulmash.com                      |
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UGLY INTERNET HOAX REVEALED

From: "Greg Bulmash" <gbhp@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 23:49:47 -0800
Subject: Interesting Hoax?

Got this in the mail tonight.  The gbhp@ix.netcom.com account was
cancelled a while back and just autoforwards.  As well, I doubt after
the Mitnick incident, Netcom would be dumb enough to keep sensitive
info on a networked computer that could be hacked from outside.

Looks like a mail spoof where some a**** in Germany is trying to
cause a panic.  Thought I'd send it your way to show to the HH people
to see what they think. Full headers are attached.

-------------------
From: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Apparently-To: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Reply-To: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Return-Receipt-To: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Received: from ixmail1.ix.netcom.com ([199.182.120.61])
          by mtigwc01.worldnet.att.net (post.office MTA v2.0 0613 ) with
          ESMTP id AAA23661 for <gbhp@worldnet.att.net>; Thu, 6 Feb 1997
          04:40:45 +0000
Received: from gimli.Informatik.Uni-Oldenburg.DE
(gimli.Informatik.Uni-Oldenburg.DE [134.106.1.10]) by
ixmail1.ix.netcom.com (8.7.5/SMI-4.1/Netcom)
 id UAA18159; Wed, 5 Feb 1997 20:40:17 -0800 (PST)
Received: by gimli.Informatik.Uni-Oldenburg.DE (Smail3.1.29.1)
 id <m0vsLdl-0003LtC>; Thu, 6 Feb 97 05:40 CET
Received: at Infodrom Oldenburg (/\##/\ Smail3.1.29.1 #29.10 Joey)
 by finlandia.Infodrom.North.DE from ix.netcom.com with smtp
 id <m0vsLe3-001ZGPC>; Thu, 6 Feb 97 05:41 MET
Message-ID: <m0vsLe3-001ZGPC@finlandia.Infodrom.North.DE>
Subject: security breached by NaughtyRobot
Apparently-From: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Apparently-From: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Registered-mail-reply-requested-by: gbhp@ix.netcom.com
Sensitivity: PERSONAL-CONFIDENTIAL
Precedence: EMERGENCY
Comment: Authenticated sender is <gbhp@ix.netcom.com>
Organization: NaughtyRobot
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 97 04:41:00 +0000
Priority: urgent
X-PMFLAGS: 37748864 0

This message was sent to you by NaughtyRobot, an Internet spider that
crawls into your server through a tiny hole in the World Wide Web.

NaughtyRobot exploits a security bug in HTTP and has visited your host
system to collect personal, private, and sensitive information.

It has captured your Email and physical addresses, as well as your phone
and credit card numbers.  To protect yourself against the misuse of this
information, do the following:

 1. alert your server SysOp,
 2. contact your local police,
 3. disconnect your telephone, and
 4. report your credit cards as lost.

Act at once.  Remember: only YOU can prevent DATA fires.

This has been a public service announcement from the makers of
NaughtyRobot -- CarJacking its way onto the Information SuperHighway.

--------------------------------------------
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|"If you can find a better deal, I'll eat my foot"  |
| -  Earl "Stumpy" Johnson's famous last words      |
-----------------------------------------------------
|Greg Bulmash                       greg@bulmash.com|
|  Writing, Editing, DTP, Web Design & Sympathy     |
-----------------------------------------------------
|          Check Out My Award Winning Site          |
|             http://www.bulmash.com                      |
-----------------------------------------------------

Moderator: This is definitely a hoax. The best tip-off is the "disconnect
your phone" line. Another tip-off is that few people keep their credit card
numbers on their hard disks. Get real, guys. But what is really bad about
this hoax is that incites irrational fear of hackers.

From: "Greg Bulmash" <gbhp@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: A bit more information...
Reply-to: greg@bulmash.com

Decided to start seeing if there were web servers at the addresses
along the bounce trail to contact sysadmins.  Note the first point in
the trail...

----------------------
Received: at Infodrom Oldenburg (/\##/\ Smail3.1.29.1 #29.10 Joey)
 by finlandia.Infodrom.North.DE from ix.netcom.com with smtp
 id <m0vsLe3-001ZGPC>; Thu, 6 Feb 97 05:41 MET
----------------------

Then I hit their front page, see a link for their "sysop team" and look
what I find there...

----------------------------
Martin Schulze alias Joey
     ...pflegt das System (Betrieb, Software). Unser Guru Nr. 1 in
     Sachen Linux. EMail: joey@infodrom.north.de Tel. : 0441-980855-6
     (Di, Fr, ab 17 Uhr)
----------------------------

Maybe it's nothing, maybe it's something, but if my guess is at all
correct, the jig is up.  Run it by your security experts.  But if any
police are going to be called, I think the ones in his city will be the
first.

-Greg

-----------------------------------------------------
|"If you can find a better deal, I'll eat my foot"  |
| -  Earl "Stumpy" Johnson's famous last words      |
-----------------------------------------------------
|Greg Bulmash                       greg@bulmash.com|
|  Writing, Editing, DTP, Web Design & Sympathy     |
-----------------------------------------------------
|          Check Out My Award Winning Site          |
|             http://www.bulmash.com                      |
-----------------------------------------------------

DC-STUFF HACKER LIST FLAME WAR RAGES

Moderator: our special email bomber flame war issue, in which I let
*everyone* flame to the max, has started a major flame war on the topic on
the dc-stuff email list. Since that moderated list doesn't allow me to post,
it is of course the perfect forum for those who don't want argument with
their positions that making email bombing programs available at the click of
a mouse is somehow freedom of speech.  My response is that these programs
are weapons and no more an expression of freedom of speech than is handing
out loaded guns on a school playground.

If you would like to get involved in a moderated hacker list in which so
many can make the Orwellain argument that it is freedom of speech to stifle
freedom of speech by the handing out of email bombing programs, you may
subscribe by emailing majordomo@dis.org with message "subscribe dc-stuff."
List moderator is Pete Shipley <shipley@dis.org.>, an extremely talented
hacker and a security consultant to Wells Fargo. You may be able to get in
some opinions contrary to his at first because his procedure is to wait to
see if he doesn't like your ideas, in which case he first emails you
privately with an insulting message. Then, if you don't toe the line, he
imposes a blanket ban on any further posts from you.
Carolyn Meinel
M/B Research -- The Technology Brokers
 
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