[Last revised - 12:43 PM 8/04/2009
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* Idiot Proof Anonymous Messaging
The first and, to many old timers, arguably the hardest blow against anonymous messaging fell on anon.penet.fi
] in September 1996 when it was successfully shutdown forever by the Co$
Many anti-anonymity hysterics claim anonymous email is evil - it does nothing other than to enable and promote anonymous threats, hate speech, slander, and of course, pedophile gangs. Even the general 'net public chimes in with accusations of anonymous email being only for weenies and chickenshits. These arguments are precise mirrors of the arguments used by internet filter evangelists
, though the latter are almost completely obsessed with child pornographers and Russian mafia, openly accusing voices that dissent of being both.
All of this misses the point - anonymity is a fundamental human right
. Organisations of any kind, be they political, corporate, theistic or outright nutjob, have a pathological hatred of anonymity (unless it's their own) - it is a natural self defense reaction. The larger they are, the deeper the hatred. But anonymous messaging is often the only recourse available for some citizens to be able to communicate freely without fear of retribution. Yes, there will always be a subset of idiots that will abuse anonimity irresponsibly - but they are not justification to deny the right of anonymity to those who genuinely do need it.
So, here is an attempt to collate available resources that are still available for anonymous messaging.
IDIOT PROOF ANONYMOUS MESSAGING
This is such a no-brainer that I'm surprised it is not more widely utilised. It's only good for short, attachment free messages. Pick an online newspaper or journal and pick a random article. For this example, I'll use my favourite ethically bankrupt, bombastic and exploitative journalistic toilet, the Sydney Daily Terror
, (one of Rubert's
crowning glories) as an example. There will usually be an "email to friend" link. Open it and go to town -
Hit 'send' and you're done. Simple. What you'll receive viewed as source is something like this -
Received: by 10.143.41.8 with SMTP id t8cs64841wfj;
Tue, 7 Apr 2009 21:07:53 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by 10.100.195.11 with SMTP id s11mr1975158anf.44.1239163669112;
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 21:07:49 -0700 (PDT)
Return-Path: < email@example.com>
Received: from mail.news.com.au (mail.news.com.au [126.96.36.199])
by mx.google.com with ESMTP id 9si8559058yws.35.2009.04.07.21.07.48;
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 21:07:49 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: fail (google.com: domain of firstname.lastname@example.org does not designate 188.8.131.52 as permitted sender) client-ip=184.108.40.206;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=hardfail (google.com: domain of email@example.com does not designate 220.127.116.11 as permitted sender) firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: by mail.news.com.au (Postfix, from userid 1894)
id 32DB61AC3E; Wed, 8 Apr 2009 14:07:46 +1000 (EST)
Received: from antwerp.ni.news.com.au (antwerp.ni.news.com.au [18.104.22.168])
by mail.news.com.au (Postfix) with SMTP id 82A1D1AC5E
for < email@example.com>; Wed, 8 Apr 2009 14:07:46 +1000 (EST)
From:Satan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
To:email@example.com < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Perv's sick schoolboy charade exposed (The Daily Telegraph Article)
Message-Id: < 20090408040746.82A1D1AC5E@mail.news.com.au>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 14:07:46 +1000 (EST)
Satan (email@example.com) suggested you might be interested in this article from The Daily Telegraph
even though you don't know me I think you smell
Perv's sick schoolboy charade exposed
| April 08, 2009
A YOUTHFUL-looking sex offender who posed as a 12-year-old boy to enrol in several Arizona schools was today sentenced to more than 70 1/2 years in prison.
Neil Havens Rodreick II pleaded guilty last year to seven criminal charges. Most involved child pornography but two stemmed from the charade he pulled off for two years.
Rodreick, 31, didn't speak at his sentencing, shaking his head when Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Thomas Lindberg asked if he had anything to say.
.. Article continues.
Alternatively, you can cut and paste this link into your browser:
Note - the routing info only resolves to 22.214.171.124
, which is definitely not you. Now you can analyse the header and submit it to mail abuse sites until juvenile college kids stop praising Bob, but the best you will ever get out of it is firstname.lastname@example.org as an abuse address, which will probably just forward to /dev/null
. Unless you have a court order, in which case they should be able to find you via their web logs. But even that can be easily made irrelevant by using some basic anonymous browsing
techniques, or better still, doing it at a pay-by-cash internet cafe, computer store showroom or public library - rendering it as close to absolutely anonymous as you're ever going to get.
can effectively block these types of messages. But, SPF, originally designed to fight spam, while brilliant in theory, is worthless in real life (unless there is 100% adoption of the technology). I don't know of anybody anywhere that applies a strict blocking policy to messages that fail an SPF query. At the very worst, the message address will get grey listed and, providing there are not multiple re-sends, the message will still be delivered.
is NOT anonymous. Don't even think about it. Neither is Yahoo, Hotmail or any of the mainstream webmail services. I once traced a psychotic ex-girlfriend to her precise job workstation location because the retard thought she could send me anonymous potshots from Yahoo (traced without any assistance from Yahoo thank you very much). She mysteriously got fired.
Not really used to send
email anonymously, but ideal to receive
it anonymously. The site provides a randomised email address which you can use as a confirmation address when joining sites or services requiring an email address. You can receive and activate the confirmation with the comfort of knowing that it doesn't matter how many newsletters or junk mail lists you've unknowingly subscribed to - because the mail address will vapourise in an hour, never to be seen again.