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Re: Anonymous remailer information <unsolcitied NOISE>




On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, Super User wrote:

> Hello!
> 
> Thank you for your interest in our anonymous service. We
> believe our remailer to be the best on the 'Net.

Wasn't aware I'd asked for any information regarding your 'anonymous'
service.  Whether you believe it to be the best on the net or not, I was 
completely unaware of it's existence.

> The service costs $5.00 a month and will allow you to send
> mail anywhere on the internet with a false ("spoofed") return
> address. THIS IS INTENDED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!

Hmm...  I've heard of remailers being run for legitimate reasons like
protecting freedom of speech, allowing a means to disseminate information
anonymously, and simply protecting the identity of the person sending the
message, but never for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY...

> Q: How does the service work?

Ok, I'll bite..
 
> A: You simply send your letter to [email protected],
> following the format which we will detail when you
> subscribe, and your letter will be remailed with the new
> return address.

Don't I encrypt it first with the public key of your remailer?  Otherwise,
how can I instruct the mailer which next hops to make?  And since I'm 
sending all this in the clear to your remailer, don't I end up being open 
for a man in the middle attack, traffic analysis, and just plain anybody 
with a sniffer on my ISPs terminal servers.

> Q: Can I post to USENET with your remailer?
> A: Yes, if you use a gateway. We will provide complete
> instructions at your request (assuming you have an account).

Ah, so I can post the hundreds of kiddie porn pics I have through your
service and be moderately untraceable?

> Q: Can I send files?
> A: If you uuencode them first, yes.

Well, naturally.  Most mail systems on the internet have serious problems
digesting binary objects.  Oh, I guess you were expecting that I'd use 
the Microsoft Mailer...

> Q: May I test your service for free?
> A: No.

Yet another question I didn't ask.


> Q: Does anyone ever complain about receiving mail which
> has been forwarded from InterLink?
> A: Sometimes. What we do is we block the address of
> the complainer so that no more mail may be forwarded to
> that address.

Sounds like a plan.  Can I have my name removed from your unsolicited 
mailing list this way?  When I start running a remailer service, I think 
I'll adopt that strategy, if possible.  Of course, MY remailer will be a 
cypherpunks style remailer or a mixmaster.  And it'll be free, too.  Of 
course, people will need to know a little bit about crypto and privacy to 
use it...  but hey, ya gotta keep out the riff-raff somehow.

> Repeated complaints will result in your account being closed.
> This has not been a problem in the past, however, perhaps
> because no one knew to whom a complaint could be sent!

Or perhaps because no one in their right minds believes your remailer to 
be anonymous.