Fwd: This is for you I think

Posted by M. River | Wed Jul 31st 2002 1 a.m.

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  • neil jenkins | Thu Aug 1st 2002 1 a.m.
    i'd be interested to know from other people who've also been sent this email, what email address the mail claims to be sent from.. the one i received appeared to be sent by my name-sake, neil@yahoo.com.. .
  • Eryk Salvaggio | Thu Aug 1st 2002 1 a.m.
    It appears to be Natalie Bookchin and a group of others. The emails were
    all user names from other domains
    and then @yahoo.com which I assume has been spoofed. For example:
    one38@yahoo.com sent email to
    one38@one38.org, and Max says he got one from nmherman@yahoo.com.....

    They did this before, where they spoofed emails to appear as if someone
    had sent an email from your account
    [mine was sent from one38@one38.org] and told me to be more careful
    about logging out because you never
    know who is watching, then linked to a magic trick where George Bush
    guessed what card you were thinking
    of. [I hope everyone knows how this was done!] That site was hosted on
    action-tank.com which says this:

    Action Tank is an independent mobile network that deploys high leverage
    technology as ammunition against the current state of affairs. Action
    Tank was formed in 2000 by Natalie Bookchin and Jin Lee. As an open
    collaborative unit, Action Tank has joined forces with Cathy Davies,
    Mark Allen, Jerry Hamby and Lem Jay Ignacio to produce Metapet
    <http://metapet.net> .

    for more information write to
    natalie@action-tank.org <mailto:natalie@action-tank.org>

    The thing I don't understand is why Natalie Bookchin would be resorting
    to such a cliched, amateurish kind of
    promotional campaign and especially for the whole George Bush thing-
    isn't the "mysterious" "hacker" "identity"
    that asks "questions" [not that this piece asked any questions about
    anything] about "politics" [not that this piece
    was actually political] the aesthetic of potentially smart fifteen year
    olds who are playing around on the web?

    Maybe it isn't Bookchin. I didn't download the kit because I don't trust
    anyone who hacks or spoofs email
    accounts in the name of self-promotion. I also have my doubts it was
    Natalie Bookchin for the same reason; since
    she always struck me as web-savvy. I don't know, maybe the PSI kit is
    great- the site looks interesting- but if so,
    there is no reason to go annoy everyone who might have been interested
    in it by doing something so trite as trying
    to look like a "hacker." [And perpetuating the myth of
    destructive/invasive hacking and exploiting fears of security
    threats to ones home computer- is hardly the thing that is going to make
    people take to the streets and start any
    kind of joyous uprising, especially in this climate.]

    Here's a positive outlook though- if the piece was about using fear for
    ones own security [via the open email "hack"]
    to investigate certain avenues towards solving these problems [clicking
    the link] where suddenly George Bush offers
    a "magic trick" which is actually a psychological deception- then it's a
    kind of clever "commentary" on the state of
    things, but I think it was presented completely inappropriately....and I
    don't think it's likely that this was the intent.

    Cheers,
    -e.

    Neil Jenkins wrote:

    >i'd be interested to know from other people who've also been sent this email, what email address the mail claims to be sent from.. the one i received appeared to be sent by my name-sake, neil@yahoo.com.. .
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