- Being Anonymous? Why?
- It has been proven that
anonymous remailers can by law be made to give up the identity of a user.
Therefore, another method is needed where sensible use of anonymity is
- Practice first.
- It`s easy, when you first look at the configuration options inside your
Web Browser or yours News Client, to think that you can become anonymous
by simply not entering the correct details into the spaces provided.
When your post to a newsgroup leaves your computer, it passes through
your service provider who add an extra header to your post.
From: email@example.com (bob)
Subject: Test Posting. Ignore.
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 17:40:11 GMT
It`s often easier to state something wrong in a post,
because more people reply to it than they do to a
- As you can see, there is an NNTP
-Posting host header, which gives
your true identity away whatever you type into the configuration screens,
not to mention the Path: line, which at the very least points in your general
direction, if not straight at you.
So, to send news you need to find a server that accepts posts
without adding one of these headers. There are lots of ways
to collect news servers to try, but the best source of servers
is to download lots of posts from the newsgroup alt.2600 as this
is a place where lot`s of anonymous posts arrive.
Save all these posts out into one text file (News clients like the
Forte Agent software allow you to do this, and you can specify
that all headers remain intact.)
Next, by either writing a macro, a program or editing by hand, reduce
the file to a list of servers to try from the path line. It is a
fair assumption that any posts that have an NNTP-Posting host header
are not worth trying!
When you have a list of servers, enter each one into your news package,
along with your anonymous details into your news program or browser and
attampt a post to this site. Choose a sensible group, such as alt.test,
so as not to annoy people. When you post to alt.test, include the word
IGNORE in the subject line, or various computers accross the Internet
will send status reports about your posts propogation. This is educational to do
once, but is a waste of time and bandwith if you are testing many messages.
When your post arrives, check the headers in it to see of you are
completely anonymous. But as with anonymous mail, it is possible and very
likely that your IP address has been logged along the way, and someone
determined could track you down. So don`t threaten anybody`s life or anything :-)