1994-04-20 - Re: BlackNet–the Truth

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From: “Christian D. Odhner” <cdodhner@indirect.com>
To: “Timothy C. May” <tcmay@netcom.com>
Message Hash: 391789fb98a93257b63bbdf572ca31d6aa9f05103d3a5d8fb92ca3d7988bfc86
Message ID: <Pine.3.89.9404200446.B3100-0100000@id1.indirect.com>
Reply To: <199404200607.XAA07978@netcom9.netcom.com>
UTC Datetime: 1994-04-20 11:29:11 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 20 Apr 94 04:29:11 PDT

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From: "Christian D. Odhner" <cdodhner@indirect.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 94 04:29:11 PDT
To: "Timothy C. May" <tcmay@netcom.com>
Subject: Re: BlackNet--the Truth
In-Reply-To: <199404200607.XAA07978@netcom9.netcom.com>
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On Tue, 19 Apr 1994, Timothy C. May wrote:

> I don't have time right now to dig up my last couple of explanations
> of this experiment, so let me summarize for the new folks.

[A very good outline of the history of blacknet followed... deleted to 
preserve bandwidth.]
> And so that's the story. 
> --Tim May
I have something to add here... since the original blacknet message 
release, I have encountered about 7 additional blacknet posts... posts 
presumably not of T.C.May origination. One had to do with some TEMPEST 
monitoring eqip for sale, one claimed to have knowledge of some major 
AT&T exec's sexual preferences, yet another was offering pirated software 
for sale (what a joke!). Each of these posts have had thier own PGP 
public key attached, and a list of acceptable 'pools'. Upon adding each 
key to my key ring, they each claim to belong to 
<BlackNet@nowhere.cyberspace.nil> or whatever (all identicle) but had 
different key id #s and one was even less than 1024bits! (the pirate 
warez key if I remember right...)

My point being, even if Tim didn't originaly intend for it to be a 'real' 
thing, some people have taken it to heart. Hell, if I ever have anything 
shady to buy or sell (me? no, *never*!) I might just roll myself a 
blacknet key and do it that way myself.

On a lighter note, Thanks a billion to everyone who posted a "Blacknet is 
real, man, stay away from them!" message today, I nearly died laughing.

Happy Hunting, -Chris.

Christian Douglas Odhner     | "The NSA can have my secret key when they pry
cdodhner@indirect.com	     | it from my cold, dead, hands... But they shall
pgp 2.3 public key by finger | NEVER have the password it's encrypted with!"
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