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CyberPatrol decryption utility mirrored in response to lawsuit



It should be obvious to anyone who has half a clue about the Internet what 
happens when a company or government tries to stomp out something it 
doesn't like.

The offending bytes appear in every corner of the globe.

It happened in the case of DeCSS 
(http://www.politechbot.com/cgi-bin/politech.cgi?name=mirror), and it's 
happening now with the CyberPatrol decryption utility. So far the 
verboten-ware is at:

http://bur-jud-118-039.rh.uchicago.edu/
ftp://blackstar.myip.org/pub/mirrored/
http://www.shub-internet.org/cp4/cp4break.html
http://www.wwcn.org/~grit/free/
http://www.reed.edu/~turnerd/cyberpatrol.tar.gz
http://www.mit.edu/~ocschwar/
http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kris_j/rio.html
ftp://128.148.190.238
http://cr939566-a.bloor1.on.wave.home.com:2600/FusionReactor.html#mattel
http://www.openpgp.net/censorship/index.html

Slashdot.org thread:
   http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=00/03/16/0022227&mode=thread

Background:
   http://www.politechbot.com/cgi-bin/politech.cgi?name=cyberpatrol

-Declan


>Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 00:51:45 -0500 (EST)
>From: Dave Gowan <dgowan@tfn.net>
>Reply-To: Dave Gowan <dgowan@tfn.net>
>To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
>Subject: RE: CyberPatrol sues coders who revealed flaws in its software
>
>
>On Wed, 15 Mar 2000, Declan McCullagh wrote:
>
> > >They also offered a small ``cphack'' utility for ``people oppressed by 
> Cyber
> > >Patrol'' that, when run on a parent's computer, reveals the password that
> > >blocks questionable Web sites -- and also discloses the product's entire
> > >list of more than 100,000 Internet sites deemed unsuitable for children.
>
>DeClan:
>         Let me see if I understand this... the company made an
>inferior blocking product, not hacker-proof, and they sell it for
>$30, and now that someone has exposed it as a deficient product,
>they want the courts to guarantee they still get to make the same
>large profit despite the defects in the product?
>
>         I like the phrase above, "...discloses the
>product's entire list of more than 100,000 internet sites deemed
>unsuitable for children."  Maybe now we should get the cphack
>utility, extract the 100,000 sites, and publish the list at
>several sites, so everyone can see if they've been blocked when
>they shouldn't have, and if they have lost any income as a
>consequence.  The newspapers would probably like to the see the
>list, too, to see if it is fair.  Send the list to the Wall
>Street Journal and to Jessie Berst (Berst's AnchorDesk) at ZDNet.
>
>         I wrote articles in three newspapers on this issue of
>mandatory software blocking, saying that blocking should be up
>to parents and not government and not any third parties; I'd
>like to see this one exposed if possible.
>
>Dave Gowan
>Tallahassee

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>From: gep2@terabites.com
>Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 23:41:00 -0600
>To: declan@well.com
>
>The CyberPatrol people (and their attorneys) are idiots.
>
>I know of NO better way to ENSURE that the site will be mirrored around the
>world, and that tens of thousands of offline copies of it will be created.
>
>If they're hoping to help their cause, this is the WRONG way for 
>CyberPatrol to
>do that.  The Net doesn't take kindly to this kind of legal bullying!
>
>Gordon Peterson
>http://web2.airmail.net/gep2/
>Support the Anti-SPAM Amendment!  Join at http://www.cauce.org/
>12/19/98: the day the Conservatives demonstrated their scorn for their
>    fraudulent sham of representative government.  Voters, remember it!


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>Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 01:13:42 -0600 (CST)
>From: sam th <sam@bur-jud-118-039.rh.uchicago.edu>
>To: Declan McCullagh <declan@wired.com>
>Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] CyberPatrol sues programmers who published info
>  on encryption
>
>-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
>Hash: SHA1
>
>I have a mirror on my website.
>However, since this hit slashdot, enough mirroring has gone on already
>that the genie is out of the bottle, so to speak.
>
>
>                                 sam th
>                                 sytobinh@uchicago.edu
>                                 http://bur-jud-118-039.rh.uchicago.edu 
 >
>-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
>Version: GnuPG v1.0.1 (GNU/Linux)
>Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org
>
>iD8DBQE40Imot+kM0Mq9M/wRAvyMAJ9291qKE+xhFi/GuXijmDWwANvlRACgolCt
>oEvhWJpaXDvaZ5UU2l4agos=
>=0LHg
>-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----


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>From: "William H. Geiger III" <whgiii@openpgp.net>
>Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 02:03:22 -0600
>To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
>Subject: Re: FC: CyberPatrol sues coders who revealed flaws in its 
>software, from AP
>X-Mailer: MR/2 Internet Cruiser Edition for OS/2 v2.06 c06
>
>In <4.3.0.20000315220653.02666f00@mail.well.com>, on 03/15/00
>    at 09:07 PM, Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com> said:
>
> >Background:
> >   http://www.politechbot.com/cgi-bin/politech.cgi?name=cyberpatrol
>
> >If you want to download the software before the injunction hits:
> >   http://hem.passagen.se/eddy1/reveng/cp4/cp4break.html
>
> >If anyone sets up a mirror site, please let me know.
>
>Hi Declan,
>
>You should have known I couldn't resist. :)
>
>http://www.openpgp.net/censorship/cp4break/index.html
>
>You might want to make reference to
>
>http://www.openpgp.net/censorship/index.html
>
>As I will have links to the above mirror and additional sites that I am
>mirroring.


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>Date:         Thu, 16 Mar 2000 05:34:09 -0500
>From: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@SAMSARA.LAW.CWRU.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: CyberPatrol (censorware) sues reverse-engineers
>
>I have downloaded all the files at
><http://hem.passagen.se/eddy1/reveng/cp4/cp4break.html>, but am not
>sure that I got all the hot stuff, since at least one file was
>missing.
>
>It turns out to be a wonderful tutorial on decryption, modular artithmetic,
>8086 assembly language, etc.
>
>I don't know yet whether I dare mirror it.  It's got crypto in it,
>but under the new regulations I guess I can do it.
>
>I suspect that the big risk is the DMCA.  It does make a wonderful
>example of how to circumvent weak encryption.  But I am not sure
>that the circumvention has anything to do with copyrighted materials.
>
>I'm off now, but will look at it more closely later.
>
>But, anyway, I wanted to point out that this is seriously useful
>educational stuff; it's not just a cute hack, although I am sure
>that it is that too.  The programmers explain how they went about
>opening up the filter program, using intuition, a disassembler,
>and a lot of skill and knowledge.
>
>
>--
>Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH
>  EMAIL: junger@samsara.law.cwru.edu    URL:  http://samsara.law.cwru.edu
>          NOTE: junger@pdj2-ra.f-remote.cwru.edu no longer exists


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