1996-02-02 - Re: Anti-Nazi Authentication [Was: Tim’s paranoid rant about Declan…]

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From: Bryce <wilcoxb@nag.cs.colorado.edu>
To: “Declan B. McCullagh” <declan+@cmu.edu>
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UTC Datetime: 1996-02-02 14:31:07 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 22:31:07 +0800

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From: Bryce <wilcoxb@nag.cs.colorado.edu>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 22:31:07 +0800
To: "Declan B. McCullagh" <declan+@cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: Anti-Nazi Authentication [Was: Tim's paranoid rant about Declan...]
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 An entity calling itself "Declan B. McCullagh" <declan+@CMU.EDU>
 is alleged to have written:
> Now, this guy copied that file from my web site. Fine -- it was up for
> FTP. But editing my comments to *support* Neo-Nazis and leaving my name
> is just fucking too much. I've sent him polite mail requesting a change.
> We'll see what happens.

Polite?  You show more restraint than most of us would 
I suspect.  Actually it is probably a good tactic for the
first encounter.

> Cypherpunk relevance? Authentication for web pages. There's no reason
> for a reasonable person to believe, at first glance, that I was *not*
> the author.

It is possible to PGP-clearsign web pages using comments.
PGP's insertion of "- " before any line beginning with "-"
might cause a problem, but you'll just have to be a little
more careful.  I'm considering hacking up a "PGP verification
service" web page which will accept a PGP-signed URL, 
retrieve it, verify it, and report the results.  Of course
I'll make it clear that this service is very susceptible to
active attacks.

On a related topic it would probably be wise for you to
clear-sign your mail, Declan.  Establish a public key with me,
and next time I see mail from you saying "I've been reading
about this 'the Holocaust was a hoax' stuff and it's actually
kind of convincing." I'll know where to lay the authorship of
the words...  :-)



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