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Subject: a mild warning about email
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 96 23:12:55 -0500
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 (, 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  Log in like normal, then at the unix
	prompt, type: telnet 25.  This allows you to
	log in to the mail server and communicate (send mail).
	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 (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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