FC: Worm uses John Gilmore's open relay at toad.com to reproduce

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Mar 06 2002 - 21:03:17 PST

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    Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 18:01:45 -0500
    To: declanat_private
    From: Neil Schwartzman <neilat_private>
    Subject: Re: FC: Query from politico: How can I get the word out 
    without   spamming?
    WRT John Gilmore's contemptuous dismissal of us anti-spam folk with 
    "consistency has never been the hobgoblin of small anti-spammer minds.", 
    one wonder how he will react to his open relay being hard-wired into a virus?
    Is (cr)hacking really that different from spamming, in terms of the abuse 
    it reaps from vulnerable systems?
    <fair use>
    Virus Borrows Internet Pioneer's Server To Spread - Newbytes
    By Brian McWilliams
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 06 Mar 2002, 9:46 AM CST
      A server operated by Internet pioneer John Gilmore is being used by a new 
    Internet worm to perform its mass-mailing routine, according to virus 
    The address of the server, Toad.com, is one of 25 open mail relays 
    hard-coded by its unidentified author into the W32.Yaha worm, according to 
    analyses by anti-virus firms Symantec and Sophos.
      While most of the open servers are located in China and Korea, Toad.com 
    is a system installed in Gilmore's home in San Francisco.
    Besides co-founding the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Cypherpunks 
    cryptography discussion list, Gilmore takes credit for helping establish 
    the "alt" Usenet discussion groups.
    </fair use>
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    Pete Moss Publications, Industry & Trade Journals
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