Archive Message - 1995
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From braintree!news.sprintlink.net!sundog.tiac.net!usenet Thu Oct 19 10:03:53 1995 Path: braintree!news.sprintlink.net!sundog.tiac.net!usenet From: bobsbarn@tiac.net (Robert S. Minton) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Anonymous Help: For Scientologists Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 01:03:21 GMT Organization: Friends of F.A.C.T.Net Lines: 793 Distribution: World Message-ID: <461jag$p39@sundog.tiac.net> NNTP-Posting-Host: bobsbarn.tiac.net X-Newsreader: Forte Agent .99b.112 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- In response to recent postings, I have been contacted by current departing members of the church who, along with many other personal and painful characteristics, share the following pro- file: 1. Have experienced betrayal at the hands of $cientology, 2. Are in the process of leaving $cientology, 3. Have limited experience on the internet, 4. Find ARS to be a useful forum, 5. Wish to post on ARS but want to remain anonymous, and 6. Wish to send e-mail anonymously to current posters to ARS, 7. Due to 3., above, don't know how to accomplish 5 & 6. I thought posting of the standard anon.penet.fi anonymous help message may be of benefit to other current members of $cientology who share with any of the above mentioned characteristics. For your information, penet, as they are commonly called, is one of the oldest and best known FREE Anonymous Remailers operating on the internet. Penet is based in Finland and is very familiar with operating in the shadows of a closed totalitarian regime. Penet is run by a man named Julf Helsingius who has, and continues to, provide a great service to the internet community. All who need or want anonymity owe him a great thank you. He too has ex- perienced the heavy hand of $cientology, but from a different per- spective. Check out Ron Newman's web page at: http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/home.html for more details of the anon.penet.fi encounter with $cientology. You can obtain the following message direct from anon.penet.fi by sending an e-mail message to: help@anon.penet.fi The subject can be Help and the message body can be Hi or Thank you. You don't need anything in the subject or message body, BUT if you are send- ing from AOL or other commercial services, I think you must have something in those places to send e-mail. Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you here on ARS. Bob Minton N.B. What follows is posted with the prior permission of anon.penet.fi. Also, their message was perfectly formatted upon receipt, so any mess-ups are mine. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: 2.6.2 iQCVAwUBMIQuG9FMgpfhl4ZFAQEcSwP+I+Cib+xfBo6SPf+kYwDFmND6nAfNnXkb BoJfVsZ2efKzY6jOOnBvuHmwCd2DRUMwF943jgLl7DFLL3I9PDN4B996pmiXaaOU HY0XK++HYnzTnVlxkdshigmL86Dk6ApHMWN9jgXRvvA+hlrtGDJymnqosx0Eb3Gl 4WJzsKjTcY4= =A47E -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- ========================BEGIN========================= From: daemon@anon.penet.fi Subject: Anonymous help. ATTN: Eudora users, please see section 8.7! ATTN: *NO* commercial advertising except to the newsgroups that welcome it. To my knowledge this only means some biz-hierarchy newsgroups. If you say FREE that doesn't mean it's not a commercial posting. ATTN: Personal ad posters, DO MAKE SURE the newsgroup you are posting to wants personal ads. There are *many* personals newsgroups but i.e. alt.sex is not for personal ads. ATTN: If you don't get the complete help file (the last section is 8.8), send a message to admin@anon.penet.fi with the subject: missing sections. The anon.penet.fi Anonymous Server ================================== Please, do not overload the server. The absolute limit of messages per day is 30. The size limit of the mailings is 48K. Please, keep the traffic below these two limits. Index: 1) Safe Posting! (*Please read this section!*) 2) How to get an anon ID and help 3) Password 3.1) How to set up a password 3.2) How to use a password 3.3) How to change your password 3.4) Typical mistakes made in password usage 4) Mailing anonymously 4.1) recipient@anon.penet.fi 4.2) X-Anon-To: recipient 5) Posting articles to news anonymously 5.1) news.group@anon.penet.fi 5.2) X-Anon-To: news.group 6) Testing how the service works 7) Security 8) Miscellaneous 8.1) Nickname 8.2) Available newsgroups 8.3) Talk of anon servers on newsgroups 8.4) What if your e-mail address changes? 8.5) inews error 8.6) Mailing non-anonymously 8.7) Eudora Users 8.8) Deallocating your anonymous ID from the system NEW: #I have provided specific examples of what imaginary user joan@commercial.com #would do to establish different things. She wants a nickname "Ladylike" and #password "45jhkg3425". She has the anon id an48@anon.penet.fi. Other version of help text available in other languages: - German text available from german@anon.penet.fi (deutsch@anon.penet.fi). - Italian text available from italian@anon.penet.fi (italiano@anon.penet.fi). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1) Safe posting! ================ Yes, another anonymous server. Why? Well, several well-known servers have bitten the dust recently. And most of them have served only a very limited subset of newsgroups, and mail only to "registered", anonymous users. Due to reasons too complicated to mention here I wanted to set up an anonymous server for the Scandinavian user community. I got hold of a pre-release copy of one of the server packages. As the version I got relied heavily on the advanced features of MMDFII, I had to modify it quite a bit. While hacking around, I removed the restriction of only supporting selected newsgroups. Within a week of startup, the server had been discovered by transatlantic users, and more recent stats show European users are definitely a minority. So what does the anon server really do? Well, it provides a front for sending mail messages and posting news items anonymously. As you send your very first message to the server, it automatically allocates you an ID of the form anNNN, and sends you a message containing the allocated ID. This ID is used in all your subsequent anon posts/mails. Any mail messages sent to your-ID@anon.penet.fi gets redirected to your original, real address. Any reply is of course anonymized in the same way, so the server provides a double-blind. You will not know the true identity of any user, unless she chooses to reveal her identity explicitly. In the anonymization process all headers indicating the true originator are removed, and an attempt is made to remove any automatically-included signatures, by looking for a line starting with two dashes (--), and zapping everything from there on. But if your signature starts with anything else, it's your own responsibility to remove it from your messages. The user-ID database is based on RFC822-ized forms of your originating address. This may cause problems for some users, either because their site is not properly registered in the name servers, resulting in non-deterministic addresses, or because their mail router doesn't hide the identity of individual workstations, resulting in different originating addresses depending on which workstation you mail from. Talk to your administrator. If that doesn't help, let me know, and I will make a manual re-mapping. You might wonder about the sense of using a server out somewhere, as the song goes, "so close to Russia, so far from Japan". Well, the polar bears don't mind, and the ice on the cables don't bother too much :-) Well, in fact, as we live in a wonderfully networked world, the major delay is not going over the atlantic, but my local connection to the Finnish EUnet backbone, fuug.fi. Once you reach a well-connected host, such as uunet.uu.net, there's a direct SMTP connection to fuug.fi. My connection to fuug.fi is currently a polled connection over ISDN, soon to be upgraded to on-demand-SMTP/NNTP. But for now, expect a turn-around delay of 2-4 hours for trans-atlantic traffic. As the server was originally intended to be used by scandinavians, it includes help files for various languages. This works by using the language in question as the address. So to get the german help file, send a message to german@anon.penet.fi (or deutsch@anon.penet.fi). Support for new languages is added every now and then, when I find volunteers to do the translation. Any new ones? I have gotten a couple of comments about permitting anonymous postings to technical groups. I can only answer that I believe very firmly that it's not for me to dictate how other people ought to behave. Somebody might have a valid reason for posting anonymously to a group I might consider "technical". But remember anonymous postings are a privilege, and use them accordingly. I believe adult human beings can behave responsibly. Please don't let me down. And remember this is a service that some people (in groups such as alt.sexual.abuse.recovery) _need_. Please don't do anything stupid that would force me to close down the service. As I am running my own company, there is very little political pressure anyone can put on me, but if somebody starts using the system for criminal activities, the authorities might be able to order me to shut down the service. I don't particularly want to find out, however... 2) How to get an ID and help ============================ Send a message to "ping@anon.penet.fi" to get an anonymous ID. If you already have an anon id, this will send you a response with your anonymous ID in the message body. If you send a message to "help@anon.penet.fi", you will receive this help text. If you want help or have some questions, send mail to "admin@anon.penet.fi". Mail to "admin" goes directly to me unanonymized, and can be used to report problems. If you want to send mail to me anonymously, you can use "an0" or "an1". #Examples: # To: ping@anon.penet.fi # To: help@anon.penet.fi 3) Password =========== Once you have set up a password you have to use it in every single message you send via anon.penet.fi. It is advisable that you establish a password right away. 3.1) To set up a password -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- The password can be any string of upper- or lowercase characters and digits. Syntax: - ----- Mailer's headers: To: password@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: <your password> #Example: # To: password@anon.penet.fi # Subject: setting my password #message body: # 45jhkg3425 3.2) How to use a password -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Once you have set your password, you must include it in all your messages, in a "X-Anon-Password:" line. As with the "X-Anon-To:" line, it can be either a part of the header or as the first two lines of the message text. Syntax: - ----- Mailer's headers: To: anon@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: X-Anon-Password: <your password> X-Anon-To: <whoever you wish> #Example: # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: my day #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # X-Anon-To: john@other.com If you find this is too much of a hassle, and are not too concerned about the confidentiality of your anon ID, you may set the password to "none". If your password is none, you don't have to include "X-Anon-Password:" or the password in any form. But I must remind you that it will leave your anon ID vulnerable. Should you wish to use a password again, you can do so by mailing the new password to "password@anon.penet.fi". The problem isn't that someone will find out your real e-mail address, but your real e-mail address can be faked and .. 1) the faker finds out what anon ID you have. 2) an anonymous post by your ID is send to a newsgroup. 3) (junk/harrassing/threatening) mail is send with your anon ID to different people. This someone can be your friend, a person who has seen your posts or maybe a subscriber to the same mailing list you are on. In the other words, that "someone" can be ANYONE. 3.3) To change your password -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Syntax: - ----- Mailer's headers: To: password@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: X-Anon-Password: <your password> <your new password> #Example: # To: password@anon.penet.fi # Subject: changing my password #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # ot3erpa44word 3.4) Typical mistakes made in password usage -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= If you get bounced mail because of a password failure, please check to see if you are making one or *more* of the mistakes listed below. If you don't recognize your mistake and you are still receiving password failure messages, please send the *full* error message with all headers intact to "admin@anon.penet.fi". 1) Do NOT put Subject: or other fields (i.e. To:) into the message body, use the header fields provided by your mailer. Only the "X-Anon-To:" and "X-Anon-Password:" can put be in the message body and still be processed. 2) Do not put the "X-Anon"-fields into the "Subject:" or "To:" field. Use the first two lines of the message body. 3) The "X-Anon"-fields have to start at the beginning of the line. Do NOT put a space or tab before it. 4) When typing the "X-Anon"-fields, put all the letters either in lower case or upper case. You may capitalize the first letter of the three words but the use of any other combination will result in a failure message. 5) "X-Anon-To:" field has to be *one* line. 4) Mailing anonymously ====================== You need to set up a password to mail users that do not have a "an<NUMBER>@anon.penet.fi" address. (Please, see the section 3: Password on how to set up and use a password.) "Cc:"- and "Bcc:"-field recipients receive your letter non-anonymized as your mailer sends those letters straight to the recipient and not via anon.penet.fi. There are two ways to send mail anonymously: 4.1) recipient@anon.penet.fi -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Syntax of sending to an anon.penet.fi user: - ----------------------------------------- Mailer's headers: To: an<NUMBER>@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: <X-Anon-Password: <your password> if password set up> <your message here> #Example: # To: an1@anon.penet.fi # Subject: sending a message #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 <this line only if joan@commercial.com has already # set the above password> # blah blah blah Syntax of sending to a known user: - -------------------------------- Mailer's headers: To: user%host.domain@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: X-Anon-Password: <your password> <your message here> #Example: # To: john%other.com@anon.penet.fi # Subject: what's up? #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # blah blah blah 4.2) X-Anon-To: recipient -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- This method is more secure and will preserve your anonymity better. Syntax of sending to an anon.penet.fi user: - ----------------------------------------- Mailer's headers: To: anon@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: <X-Anon-Password: <your password> if password set up> X-Anon-To: an<NUMBER> <your message here> #Example: # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: sending a message #message body: # X-Anon-To: an1 # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 <this line only if joan@commercial.com has already # set the above password> # blah blah Syntax of sending to a known user: - -------------------------------- Mailer's headers: To: anon@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: X-Anon-Password: <your password> X-Anon-To: user@host.domain <your message here> #Example: # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: what's up #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # X-Anon-To: john@other.com # blah blah 5) Posting articles to news anonymously ======================================= To be able to post to newsgroups on usenet, you need to set up a password. Please, see the section 3: Password on how to set up and use a password. References: headers do work, so they can (and should) be used to maintain reply threads. If you cannot add headers, you cannot include References: There are two ways to post an anonymous article to news: 5.1) news.group@anon.penet.fi -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Syntax: - ----- Mailer's headers: To: news.group@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: X-Anon-Password: <your password> <your message here> #Example: # To: alt.test@anon.penet.fi # Subject: IGNORE: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # blah blah 5.2) X-Anon-To: news.group -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Using X-Anon-To: method enables you to crosspost. When putting multiple newsgroups on the X-Anon-To: line, please use only a comma as a separator without any spaces. Syntax: - ----- Mailer's headers: To: anon@anon.penet.fi Subject: <whatever you wish> Message body: X-Anon-Password: <your password> X-Anon-To: news.group <your message here> #Example: # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: IGNORE: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # X-Anon-To: alt.test # blah blah OR X-Anon-Password: <your password> X-Anon-To: news.group,other.news.group <your message here> #Example: # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: IGNORE: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # X-Anon-To: alt.test,misc.test,comp.test # blah blah 6) Testing how the service works ================================ If you intend to mail/post something that might cost you your job or marriage or inheritance, *PLEASE* send a test message first. The software has been pretty well tested, but some mailers en-route (which are out of my control) can screw things up. And if you happen to find a problem, *please* for the sake of all the other users, *let me know asap*. And *please* use the appropriate test newsgroups, such as alt.test or misc.test. Yes, *you* might get excited by reading 2000 "This is a test.." messages on alt.sex, but I warn you that most psychologists consider this rather aberrant... Send a test message to 1) test@anon.penet.fi #Example: # To: test@anon.penet.fi # Subject: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # blah blah 2) your anon account #Example: # To: an48@anon.penet.fi # Subject: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 <only if the password is set up> # blah blah 3) your real e-mail address #Example: # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # X-Anon-To: joan@commercial.com # blah blah 4) misc.test/alt.test or the like #Example: # To: alt.test@anon.penet.fi # Subject: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # blah blah 5) any other test message or format you can think of 7) Security =========== Short of having everyone run a public-key cryptosystem such as PGP, there is no way to protect users from malicious administrators. You have to trust my personal integrity. Worse, you have to trust the administrators on every mail routing machine on the way, as the message only becomes anonymous once it reaches my machine. Malicious sysadmins and/or crackers could spy on SMTP mail channels, sendmail queues and mail logs. But as there are more than 7000 messages being anonymized every day, you have to be pretty perverted to scan everything... Another thing is mail failures. I've had cases of mail routers doing the wrong thing with % addresses, "shortcutting" the path to the destination site. This could cause your mail to go to the final destination without ever touching my server (and thus without getting anonymized). This can be avoided by using the X-Anon-To: method. And if your return address bounces for some reason (nameservers down, temporary configuration failures etc.), the original sender and/or postmasters on the way might get error messages showing your true identity, and maybe even the full message. There is at least one known way to discover the anon ID of a user. It involves being able to falsify your real identity, so it is not too easy to use, and it doesn't reveal the real address lurking behind an anon ID, but it can be used to discover what anon ID a certain user is using. To fix this problem, the server requires that you use a password when you try to mail to a non-anonymous user and when you try to post articles to news. Crackers are just too clever. Undoubtedly somebody is going to come up with some novel method.... Not much I can do about that... If you intend to mail/post something that might cost you your job or marriage or inheritance, *PLEASE* send a test message first. The software has been pretty well tested, but some mailers en-route (which are out of my control) can screw things up. And if you happen to find a problem, *please* for the sake of all the other users, *let me know asap*. (See section: 6 Testing how the service works for more information.) 8) Miscellaneous ================ 8.1) Nickname -=-=-=-=-=-=- Your e-mail address will be a impersonal code an<NUMBER>@anon.penet.fi, but you can choose a nickanem which will appear in parenthesis after the code name. This is how to set up the nickname: Remember, you're talking to a *robot*, put JUST your desired nickname into the subject field or otherwise you will get funny nicknames as "set my nickname to bunny". Syntax: - ---- Mailer's headers: To: nick@anon.penet.fi Subject: <your desired nickname> Message body: <X-Anon-Password: <your password> if password set up> <whatever you wish> #Example: # To: nick@anon.penet.fi # Subject: Ladylike #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 <only if password is set up> # blah blah To change your nickname, just send a message to "nick@anon.penet.fi" with the "Subject:" YourNewNick. 8.2) Available newsgroups -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Anon.penet.fi has all the newsgroups and can post to all the newsgroups that aren't local to your area. The only world-wide newsgroups anon.penet.fi cannot post to are the moderated newsgroups, the ones that have voted not to receive anonymous articles (there are only 5), and binary newsgroups (because of the volume). 8.3) Talk of anon servers in newsgroups -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- If you have access to USENET and the following newsgroups, you can ask questions of anon.penet.fi and other anonymous servers. I follow these newsgroups and try to answer all questions and inform of changes at anon.penet.fi. Questions of a more personal nature can be send to the "admin@anon.penet.fi" address. alt.anonymous.messages alt.privacy.anon-server alt.anonymous 8.4) What if your e-mail address changes? -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- I can change the address behind your anonymous ID to reflect your new e-mail address. >From your new account, send mail to "admin@anon.penet.fi" and include the following information: Old e-mail address: Anon ID of the old e-mail address: Password of that anon ID: 8.5) inews error -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= If you get a bounced message stating something about an "inews" error, there are two possible reasons for it: 1) There is no such newsgroup, at least at anon.penet.fi. 2) The newsgroup is moderated, so it is not possible to post to it the regular way. Please, check your spelling. If you get an "inews" error of the sort "testpost", you have tried to post an article that has "test" in the "Subject:" field and less than 10 written lines. Please, submit test for the appropriate test groups such as alt.test, misc.test etc. 8.6) Mailing non-anonymously -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= If you want to send mail to an an<NUMBER>@anon.penet.fi and do not want to reveal or get an anonymous ID, you should mail you e-mail to na<NUMBER>@anon.penet.fi. For example: if you want to mail a user with the anonymous ID 60 and you want to do it in non-anonymous format (i.e. so that your real name and address appear at the headers of the mail), then send mail to: "na60@anon.penet.fi" and NOT "an60@anon.penet.fi". Do NOT include your anon.penet.fi password with this mail! #Example: # To: na48@anon.penet.fi # Subject: testing #message body: # blah blah 8.7) Eudora users -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please, do not change your configuration for the "From:" field. If you change the "From:" field to look like your anonymous ID, you are not completely anonymized. If you *must* do something to the "From:" field, just put your real e-mail address there and let anon.penet.fi take care of the anonymizing. In the other words, when you send your letter to be anonymized, it *MUST* have your real e-mail address in the From: field. #Example: # From: joan@commercial.com # To: anon@anon.penet.fi # Subject: testing #message body: # X-Anon-Password 45jhkg3425 # X-Anon-To: john@other.com # blah blah 8.8) De-allocating your anon ID from the system -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- To have your anonymous ID to be removed from the anon.penet.fi system you need to send a message to "remove@anon.penet.fi". The mail requires the "X-Anon-Password:" field if you have set up a password. If you cannot remember your password send your de-allocation request to "admin@anon.penet.fi". We would appreciate it if you add a couple of lines and explain to us the purpose for which you have used anon.penet.fi. A word of warning concerning de-allocation. There is a random waiting period to catch hit & runs. Do not think you can escape the flames by asking for removal right after your inappropriate article. There are those that need the service, please do not ruin this for them! #Example: # To: remove@anon.penet.fi # Subject: remove my id #message body: # X-Anon-Password: 45jhkg3425 # blah blah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - If you think these instructions are unclear and confusing, you are right. If you come up with suggestions for improving this text, please mail me! Remember English is my third language... Safe postings! Julf =========================END========================== Best wishes Robert S. 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