Scientology Crime Syndicate * Alt.Religions.Scientology - cult spams the network

Clocking in on the "Just-when-you-thought-they-couldn't- get-any-lower" port:

As most members of FidoNet and Internet know, the "church" of Scientology has been engaged in a war against all governments, the Internet, and BBS SysOps around the world in an attempt to silence both the cult's critics as well as those (usually ex-Scientologists) who continually expose both the contents of and criminal activities of the "church."

The focus of their war against the rest of the world has always been alt.religion.scientology and, to a far smaller extent, FidoNet's SCIENTOLOGY forum. No one, however, is safe from the evils of this proven deadly criminal cult.

Time Magazine, the Washington Post, television news, and even makers of Public Broadcasting documentaries which have exposed the activities of the cult have been attacked, both in the courts as well as physically in person. (Members of the cult even vandalized the automobiles of PBS employees in an attempt to silence them. Automobil break lines have been cut. Judge's dogs have been slaughtered. The list of criminal activities is nearly endless.)

In the past (as reported by newspapers and magazines around the world) the cult has repeatedly tried to illegally remove the alt.religion.scientology forum from Internet, forging messages to do so. Additionally, unknown members of the cult have been assigned ("Hatted" in the jargon of the cult) to systematically forge cancellation messages of other participants' messages.

The latest low to which the cult had stooped to has been to try to spam the forum with _thousands_ of pointless, meandering, we've-seen-it-all-before propaganda messages daily.

Those who may be new to FidoNet or Internet might not know how the two technologies are different. In FidoNet messages are created on thousands of systems, collected and grouped by echo tag, and sent to a series of centralized locations and messages which are dropped into the datastream are not recallable by the author.

On Internet, however, an individual may cancel a posting at a later date which has the effect of requesting that all systems which have the designated message identification number be deleted.

Additionally, in FidoNet we employ AreaFix to turn on or turn off subscribed echo forums whereas in Internet, a rmgroup is sent to a centralized location to have the entire group removed from the mail servers.

The last way in which the two are different is the control of message spamming. In FidoNet a disruptive influence is quite easily removed simply by asking the SysOp or the SysOp's network coordinator to remove someone.

Internet doesn't have that ability. Internet Service Providers must be asked to remove a disruptive individual from a newsgroup yet, if it's a commercial account, most ISP's don't _like_ removing someone from having access to newsgroups based simply upon a rash of complaints filed against them. The primary reason for not wishing to remove disruptive individuals seems to be the cries of censorship which plagues ISPs these days.

FidoNet and Internet do share a common problem with removing disruptive individual, however, and members of the Scientology cult have been putting this failing into good use: Someone who is ejected from a FidoNet newsgroup may simply locate another system which carries the echo and thus continue to post until he is once again ejected from that system. It then becomes an easy exercise to go through a list of systems known to carry the echo and an individual can live a long, long time -- provided they are willing to expend the time, money, and effort.

The Scientology cult has been picking up free hours from a broad spectrum of Internet Service Providers and posting thousands upon thousands of messages -- until the ISP puts a stop to it at which point another account is used on the same ISP for the same network abuse or another ISP is used altogether.

The Scientology cult has drawn attention to itself around the world, even prompting a report from Taz. Cornelius Krasel, U Wuerzburg, (Dept. of Pharmacology, Versbacher Str. 9 D-97078 Wuerzburg, Germany, email: phak004@rzbox.uni-wuerzburg.de ) offered a translation of the article:

    [the office]
    Robots suffocate the discussion

    Since several weeks, the usenet newsgroup
    "alt.religion.scientology" is being flooded by anonymous
    nonsense contributions.

    Shouting down used to be not quite so easy: one needed a
    majority on their side. It has become more convenient in
    the Internet. The automatical electronic down-shouter
    squashes any discussion - without any majority.

    In the usenet group alt.religion.scientology followers and
    adversaries of the science-fiction author, L. Ron Hubbard,
    discuss enthusiastically about his odd teachings. Recently,
    somebody has been trying to squash this discussion. His
    method, "vertical spamming", is easy: in a short period of
    time, a huge amount (in this case almost 10.000) of
    meaningless, computer-generated messages are posted in the

    This is supposed to overload the computers, but especially
    the participants of the discussion which have to work
    themselves first through hundreds of robot-letters before
    being able to read a sensible contribution. Unnerved, many
    finish the discussion.

    It is almost impossible for the net community to defend
    itself against this kind of attack. The nonsense would have
    to be sorted out by hand, short-lived throw-away accounts
    hide the true originator. Nevertheless, the American Jon
    Noring (noring@netcom.com) believes to have found the true
    cause: the Church of Scientology itself. He has placed a
    petition in the internet which is supposed to lead
    Scientology to cease the spamming (to sign the petition,
    send an empty email to petition-1@netcom.com until June
    30th). Noring's clues for the sect's authorship: all the
    jamming contributions are pro-scientology, nothing but short
    excerpts from a Scientology publication, and all start with
    the same introductory sentence which states that "a lot of
    wrong information about Scientology is being distributed
    in alt.religion.scientology".

    When, some time ago, "secret" teaching documents of the sect
    had been published on the net, Scientology had used similar
    "throw-away-accounts" and normed texts to take the
    publications back - why, Noring asks, remains the sect
    silent this time, although large parts of the injected
    postings contain a copyright mark? The silent approval would
    speak for a participation of the money-greedy organization.
    In addition, Noring thinks that Scientologists planned such
    spamming for a long time - the secret plan can be found
    in his directory at
- ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/no/noring/spamplan.txt

- Stefan Kuzmany: kuzmany@ifkw.uni-muenchen.de

    TAZ Nr. 4953 of 06/20/1996 page 12
    Internet 77 lines
    TAZ report Stefan Kuzmany

More information on the attack can be found at:

- Spam Information at http://daemon.apana.org.au/~fjc/scn/spam.html

- More Spam Information at http://www.bway.net/~keith/spam/spam.htm

It's important, I feel, to get the word out and help create a broad-spectrum exposure of what is being done by these cultists. They thumb their noses at the laws of governments and the civility of normal men and women. I can expect the success or failure of this cult's attacks against the world to be an object lesson for others who might feel the need to emulate the Scientology cult's activities. In FidoNet we have yet to experience this level of attack -- we have safeguards.

Knowing what type of activities "hatted" members of the cult are expected to engage in before hand will doubtless keep most people from joining the cult. Knowing that technological fixes for such abuse exists and that spamming to silence critics is a futile and embarrassing prospect should also help to keep this type of abuse down.

Spread the word.

-=- Nearly all $cientologists have no idea what their leaders in their cult do, nor do they know what they're buying into. It has been my experience that those who buy into the fraud are unwilling to even look into the many hundreds of well and fully documented instances of utter evil that this cult does -- and it's done for greed and money, nothing more, nothing less.

Click here for some additional truth about the Scientology crime syndicate: XENU.NET


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