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Re: WARNING: sting via remailer!
[ I see that the original has been forwarded to cypherpunks, so I'll
also send my response there. -russ ]
> I was in the federal building coffee shop in Reston, Va. yesterday
> when I overheard a conversation between what appeared to be two FBI agents
> discussing a sting operation involving Mixmaster. Hearing the word
> "mixmaster" naturally caused my ears to perk up and I listened further.
> It appears that the FBI has coerced a mixmaster remailer operator
> into cooperating with them in a sting operation to catch remailers when
> they forward email pertaining to pornography, pedophilia, and copy-written
Uh-oh! I'd better shut down my remailer, but fast, based on an
unsubstantiated rumor. Especially one that makes little sense. Why
do you need a sting? All you have to do is use a single remailer, and
send the mail from yourself, to yourself. You know the source,
destination, and who handled it. IF a court can be convinced that
forwarding email containing illegal materials is the same as asking to
receive email containing illegal materials, then ALL of our butts are
> My questions are a) is it possible to perform this type of
> monitoring on a mixmaster remailer and, b) what is the identity of the
> cooperating remailer operator?
> This concerns me greatly as I use remailers to privatize my
> important email regularly and I don't want my identity or my email
> compromised because of a "spook in cypherpunks clothing".
You fool. If you use remailers regularly, then YOU ARE KNOWN TO THE
SPOOKS. Face facts. We know that the FBI spends a minimum of
$10,000,000 each year (count the wiretaps, multiply by agents and do
the math) just for telephone wiretaps. Computer wiretaps are a LOT
-russ <[email protected]> http://www.crynwr.com/~nelson
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