1993-06-08 - Re: CERT

Header Data

From: TJO <space2@stein.u.washington.edu>
To: julf@penet.FI (Johan Helsingius)
Message Hash: 56cb16f29e5e9832704a10487544783a8e0e346509df2a1fbccc8359e3e2edf8
Message ID: <9306081830.AA26885@stein.u.washington.edu>
Reply To: <9306081800.aa08835@penet.penet.FI>
UTC Datetime: 1993-06-08 18:30:42 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 8 Jun 93 11:30:42 PDT

Raw message

From: TJO <space2@stein.u.washington.edu>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 93 11:30:42 PDT
To: julf@penet.FI (Johan Helsingius)
Subject: Re: CERT
In-Reply-To: <9306081800.aa08835@penet.penet.FI>
Message-ID: <9306081830.AA26885@stein.u.washington.edu>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain

> > i am disappointed to hear these stories about cert, but encourage others
> > with tales to tell to step forward.  this is a real eye-opener.
> I just had to deal with a minor crisis caused by CERT. They contacted the
> domain-admin for the *.fi domain, saying they had been informed that the
> anonymous ftp archive at anon.penet.fi was being used to distribute
> illegal copies of software. They did *not* contact me directly, nor my
> service provider.

How is it that Cert (which to my knowledge is an organization run by
Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburg,PA (USA)) should come to have any influence
on a domain in finland? They are not to my knowledge a gov't organization
although they may be funded by some.. hmm. Doesn't their name stand for
computer EMERGENCY response taskforce or something like that? They should have
no business bothering you unless you requested some kind of assistance from
them, IMHO. The same goes for the berkeley site... I'd definitely be 
interested in hearing who they think they are working for and under whose
authority they are becoming netpolice.