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[ale] Re: neon Fw: Warning against AOL (fwd)

Doh!  :)  Ohwell... this seemed to be characteristic of AOL, since they
have already been burned about "counting AOL users' clicks" earlier this
year.  Definitly a hoax, and sorry for the bandwidth  ;)

My apologies.

Josh Murrah, jmurrah at salug.org, http://www.salug.org/~jmurrah, ICQ 4613433
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On Mon, 24 Nov 1997 clegros at rd.qms.com wrote:

>      Josh,
>      I can't believe that you actually sent this to everyone.  Especially 
>      ALE.
>      For anyone else who hasn't heard yet, this is a hoax.  A virus itself 
>      (think about the definition of a virus).
>      Check out these sites for more info (don't just take my word for it).
>      http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
>      http://kumite.com/myths/
>      clint
>      P.S.  all that crap on ICQ about viruses and account cancellation is 
>      the same, a hoax.  E-mail mirabilis if you would like verification, or 
>      check out their page on it.
>      http://www.mirabilis.com/urge.html
> ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
> Subject: neon Fw: Warning against AOL (fwd)
> Author:  Josh Murrah <jmurrah at spaceghost.salug.org> at Internet-Mail
> Date:    11/24/97 12:07 PM
> Josh Murrah, jmurrah at salug.org, http://www.salug.org/~jmurrah, ICQ 4613433 
> ------------------------~~~===<[^]>===~~~----------------------------
> This mail is a natural product.  The slight variations in spelling and 
> grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and in no way are to 
> be considered flaws or defects.
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
> >>---------------------
> >>Forwarded message:
> >>Subj:    Warning against AOL
> >>Date:    97-10-24 16:49:39 EST
> >>From:    Want8Inchr
> >>To:      Rubyourite,LrgHRDdisk
> >>
> >>rom a former AOL employee:
> >>>
> >>>I'll try and cut through the crap, and try to get to the point of this 
> >>>letter.  I used to work for America Online, and would like to remain 
> >>>anonymous for that reason.  I was laid off in early September, but I 
> >>>know exactly why I was laid off, which I will now explain:
> >>>Since last December, I had been one of the many people assigned to 
> >>>design AOL 4.0 for Windows  (AOL 4.0 beta, codenamed Casablanca).  In 
> >>>the beginning, I was very proud of this task, until I found out the 
> >>>true cost of it.  Things were going fine until about mid-February, when 
> >>>me and 2 of my colleagues started to suspect a problem, an 
> >>>unexplainable 'Privacy Invasion', with the new version.  One of them, 
> >>>who is a master programmer, copied the finished portion of the new 
> >>>version (Then 'Build 52'), and took it home, and we spent nearly 2 
> >>>weeks of sleepless nights examining and debugging the program, flipping 
> >>>it inside-out, and here is> what we found.
> >>>
> >>>Unlike all previous versions of America Online, version 4.0 puts 
> >>>something in your hard drive called a 'cookie'.  (AOL members click 
> >>>here for a 
> >>>definition).  However, the cookie we found on Version 4.0 was far more 
> >>>treacherous than the simple internet cookie.  How would you like 
> >>>somebody looking at your entire hard drive, snooping through any (yes, 
> >>>any) piece of information on your hard drive.  It could also read your 
> >>>password and log in information and store it deep in the program code. 
> >>>Well, all previous versions, whether you like it or not, have done 
> >>>this to a certain extent, but only with files you downloaded.  As me 
> >>>and my colleagues discovered, with the new version, anytime you are 
> >>>signed on to AOL, any top aol executive, any aol worker, who has been 
> >>>sworn to secrecy regarding this feature, can go into your hard drive 
> >>>and retrieve any piece of information that they so desire.  Billing, 
> >>>download records, e-mail, directories, personal documents, programs, 
> >>>financial information, scanned images, etc ... Better start keeping all 
> >>>those pictures on a floppy disk!
> >>>
> >>>This is a totally disgusting violation of our rights, and your right 
> >>>to know as well.  Since this is undoubtably 'Top Secret' information 
> >>>that I am revealing, my life at AOL is pretty much over.  After 
> >>>discovering this information, we started to inform a few other workers 
> >>>at America Online, so that we could get a large enough crew to stop 
> >>>this from happening to the millions of unfortunate and unsuspecting 
> >>>America Online members.  This was in early August.  One month later, 
> >>>all three of us were unemployed.  We got together, and figured there 
> >>>was something we had to do to let the public know. Unemployed, with one 
> >>>of us going through a divorce (me) and another who is about to undergo 
> >>>treatment for Cancer, our combined financial situation is not currently 
> >>>enough to release any sort or article.  We attepted to create a web 
> >>>page on three different servers containing in-depth information on AOL 
> >>>4.0, but all three were taken down within  2 days.  We were running 
> >>>very low on time (4.0 is released early this winter), so we figured our 
> >>>last hope to reveal this madness before it effects the people was 
> >>>starting something similar to a chain letter, this letter you are 
> >>>reading.  Please do the following, to help us expose AOL for who they 
> >>>really are, and to help us and yourself recieve personal gratification 
> >>>for taking a stand for our freedom:
> >>>
> >>> 1.  Forward this letter to as many people as you can (not just friends 
> >>> and family, as many as you can!)
> >>>
> >>> 2.  Tell people who aren't on America Online in person, especially 
> >>> important people (Private Investigators, Government workers, City 
> >>> Council)
> >>>
> >>> 3.  If the information about the new version isn't exposed by the time 
> >>> aol is released early this winter, for your own protection, DON'T
> >>>
> >>> Thank you for reading and examining this information.  Me and my 
> >>> colleagues hope that you will help us do the right thing in this 
> >>> situation.  Enjoy America Online (just kidding!).
> >>>
> >>> Regards,
> >>> A former AOL employee
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>The Purpose of the universe may be expression itself. 
> >>>-galactic
> >>>
> >>>"Isn't it a possibility for global consciousness to 
> >>>   evolve out of the internet?"
> >>>                        - galactic 
> >>>
> >>>galacticstudios.com
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Join us - you are just as important. 
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >