Subject: a mild warning about email Date: Thu, 26 Dec 96 23:12:55 -0500 From:
To: , A mild warning to anti-Nazis... Harold "Winston Smith" Covington has just sent instructions for forging email to his mailing list of approximately 1,000 (he claims). This information is readily available from other sources, but I don't doubt we'll soon see Naziphiles wanting to try this out. If you receive email from a bogus sender, or from a real sender who does not seem to have actually sent it, you may have been hit with the following technique. The message you posted is entirely accurate. By telnetting to port 25 of a server (earthlink.net, as in the message), one can manually submit an e-mail message and type whatever they want for the header. Try it. I'm sure you log on with a PPP connection, so do that. If you are using Win95, click Start | Run and type telnet ISP where ISP is the domain name of your internet provider. For example, if you have shell access (unix) to earthlink, type telnet earthlink.net . Log in like normal, then at the unix prompt, type: telnet earthlink.net 25 . This allows you to log in to the mail server and communicate (send mail). type: mail from:email@example.com rcpt to:firstname.lastname@example.org data subject: Merry Christmas Merry Christmas! Just testing. . You'll then see the server connect to the rcpt (recipient's) mail server and transmit the message. I sent a test message from email@example.com (if you were curious). -The Nazi Cyberphantom [After some thought I have changed my position and posted the entire preceding message in toto, because various people are trying to suppress information on the Net and I don't think we should in any way cooperate with this process. Knowledge should always be free and available. But I would like to ask our people---dead serious now---please do not actually do this. The Party has been victimized by forged e-mail and I know what an annoyance it is. We are not the National Alliance; we must not engage in grotesque and viciously unethical activity while crying and wailing when the same thing is done to us. We are National Socialists, and it is up to us to set the standard that less developed people like the NA need to come up to. - WS] Fortunately, most decent ISPs will keep logs of which machines access their SMTP ports, so this method of forging can be traced. Be sure to keep the full headers of any suspicious email, especially the Received, Date, and Message-ID headers.
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