1995-01-11 - credit card purchases

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1995-01-11 12:40:22 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 11 Jan 95 04:40:22 PST

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 95 04:40:22 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: credit card purchases
Message-ID: <v01510101ab397ac7da98@[]>
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Saw it there. Thought you might like it here...

Bob Hettinga

>From: peace@BIX.com
>Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 00:26:50 -0500 (EST)
>Original-From: peace@BIX.com
>Subject: credit card purchases
>To: www-buyinfo@allegra.att.com
>X-Cosy-To: www-buyinfo@allegra.att.com
>                              PGCHARGE
>This is a call for interested parties to participate in the alpha
>test of an internet ordering program that will be offered to any
>customer free of charge to create orders that should be
>acceptable to any commercial establishment.
>This is a Windows program designed to generate secure charge card
>orders over the internet. The payment mechanism is not the
>critical component for this system, that critical component is
>the use, by the purchaser, of the merchant's public key, for the
>protection of sensitive data, including simple correspondence.
>Two paradigms from the commercial word, EDI and email were
>selected for the implementation.  Email operates in a store and
>forward mode that has some security advantages over web or
>network layer security.  That advantage comes directly from the
>fixed nature of the email message itself.  Once it has been
>created and signed by the keyholder, it cannot successfully be
>altered by any other person.  It is also possible for the message
>to be encrypted at the point where it is created.  Hiding the
>contents of the message from anyone other than the intended
>EDI has already achieved a great deal of acceptance in the
>commercial world.  This application is a natural use of the
>existing ANSI X12 structures for issuing a purchase order.  Any
>merchant that is currently using X12 structures should be able to
>purchase a single user ViaCrypt PGP license and be in business
>accepting secure credit card orders over the internet.
>PGCHARGE does not add any security features by itself, but rather
>facilitates security by building an EDI transaction for a
>recipient selected from a PGP public keyring.  This information
>is then passed to PGP to be secured.  PGCHARGE then waits for PGP
>to complete, adds the appropriate email headers and invokes a
>mailer program.
>This program can be downloaded from ftp.csn.org as
>mpj/public/pgcharge.zip.  Comments can be sent to peace@bix.com.

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