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sendmail.net: Anonymous Remailers: Use and Abuse

Mar 11, 2000, 00:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Knauss)

[ Thanks to Mark Durham for this link. ]

"There are a hundred uses for anonymous remailers that don't involve telling your boss that his fly was open during last week's meeting. Whistleblowers can use them to report illegal activity, battered women can send pleas for information and help, critics of repressive governments can safely publish their dissents. But, really, the boss thing is the most fun."

"The Internet, including email, is notoriously difficult to hide behind, especially if your pursuer is determined to get you into his office where he can yell at you. The systems in place today weren't designed with privacy in mind, and every email message you send contains routing data - where it originated and how it got to its destination - that can be used, in conjunction with log files, timing information, and even law enforcement subpoenas, to track you down. You know you're in trouble when the person who approves your paycheck passes you in the hall and casually mentions that 'butt-head' has a hyphen."

"But while normal email can be traced fairly easily, 'remailed' email can't. In fact, anonymous remailers are the only truly effective way to send totally anonymous, totally untraceable email over the Internet. There are a lot of half-measures that come close to offering the functionality that remailing services provide, but a well-regarded anonymous remailer is your only choice if being discovered means getting called on the carpet, or worse."

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