1993-02-25 - dispatches from the front lines of anonymity

Header Data

From: John.Nieder@f33.n125.z1.FIDONET.ORG (John Nieder)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Message Hash: fb50f76d4e24b264b6376a60268fe95f1755f9355b09c3c2069f3e5e869b10e8
Message ID: <5046.2B8CB524@fidogate.FIDONET.ORG>
Reply To: N/A
UTC Datetime: 1993-02-25 13:00:34 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 25 Feb 93 05:00:34 PST

Raw message

From: John.Nieder@f33.n125.z1.FIDONET.ORG (John Nieder)
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 93 05:00:34 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: dispatches from the front lines of anonymity
Message-ID: <5046.2B8CB524@fidogate.FIDONET.ORG>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain

 ("L. Detweiler") states:

 BK> the
 BK> possibility of a centralized moderator stripping addresses, while
 BK> already currently supported in the software mechanisms, is problematic
 BK> because it is a single location with all the traffic--hence the need to
 BK> go through independent anonymous servers first. But I think the
 BK> localized header-stripping is totally superior to all this. Having a
 BK> message bounce around a net a bit with *real* information is very
 BK> vulnerable, when the ID could be stripped off at the source.

There is also the problem of those (like me) who access the internet
from outside, through gates.  The messages are not only marked with the
point of origin automatically by the originating BBS's software, but are
also subject to monitoring by any number of systems operators en route
to internet.  When all of the headers (including passwords for the
anonymous servers) are in plaintext, the entire anonymous system seems
compromised.  While some servers I haven't tried yet seem to be PGPed,
this doesn't seem to be the case with penet.fi.

 BK> How about an EFF sponsored server?

Yes, and preferably at a site outside the US, just for good measure.
There is an obvious appeal to having servers outside the jurisdiction of
American law-enforcement busybodies.


... "A Few Years in the Absolute Elsewhere..."  
--- Blue Wave/Opus v2.12 [NR]
John Nieder - via FidoNet node 1:125/555
    UUCP - ...!uunet!hoptoad!kumr!fidogate!33!John.Nieder
INTERNET - John.Nieder@f33.n125.z1.FIDONET.ORG