FC: Giovanetti and Smith: Battle Creek should jail anti-spam activist

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Mar 21 2002 - 08:49:14 PST

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    From: Tom_Giovanetti/IPIat_private
    Subject: Re: FC: City of Battle Creek wants to imprison an anti-spam activist
    To: declanat_private
    Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 10:31:07 -0600
    Bravo to the town of Battle Creek!
    These anti-spammers purposely sabotage other people's property under the
    guise of performing a public service. But they are attacking someone else's
    property. No question in my mind it's a form of vandalism.
    Tom Giovanetti
    Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI)
    From: "Richard M. Smith" <rmsat_private>
    To: <declanat_private>, <rmsat_private>
    Subject: RE: City of Battle Creek wants to imprison an anti-spam activist
    Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 11:07:46 -0500
    Hi Declan,
     >From everything I read about this case, I think it is appropriate for
    law enforcement to get involved.  It appears that Ian Gulliver sent
    specially crafted email messages to SMTP servers that he knew would
    crash a certain percentage of them.  Looking for open relays is
    certainly a legit. service.  Going around crashing people's computers is
    quite another matter.  The ends do not justify the means.
    Here is how Laura Atkins of SpamCon put it:
        "Laura Atkins, newly installed president of the
        non-profit anti-spam outfit SpamCon Foundation,
        said the code changes needed to correct the bug
        was "trivial" but one Gulliver, for one reason or
        another, was unwilling to correct.
        "When you run a blacklist, you need to be responsible
        and you need to be considerate of the other servers,"
        she said. "The overall impression I'm getting is he
        knew the bug was there and he just decided he wasn't
        going to do anything. If his test happened to crash
        a Lotus server, then it wasn't his fault."
    Richard M. Smith
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