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CyberPatrol decryption utility mirrored in response to lawsuit
- Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 09:46:46 -0500
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: FC: CyberPatrol decryption utility mirrored in response to lawsuit
- From: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
- Cc: junger@SAMSARA.LAW.CWRU.EDU
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
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:
>Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 00:51:45 -0500 (EST)
>From: Dave Gowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Reply-To: Dave Gowan <email@example.com>
>To: Declan McCullagh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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
> > >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.
> 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.
>Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 23:41:00 -0600
>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
>do that. The Net doesn't take kindly to this kind of legal bullying!
>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!
>Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 01:13:42 -0600 (CST)
>From: sam th <email@example.com>
>To: Declan McCullagh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] CyberPatrol sues programmers who published info
> on encryption
>-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
>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
>-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
>Version: GnuPG v1.0.1 (GNU/Linux)
>Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org
>-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
>From: "William H. Geiger III" <email@example.com>
>Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 02:03:22 -0600
>To: Declan McCullagh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>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 <email@example.com>, on 03/15/00
> at 09:07 PM, Declan McCullagh <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> > 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.
>You should have known I couldn't resist. :)
>You might want to make reference to
>As I will have links to the above mirror and additional sites that I am
>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
>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: email@example.com URL: http://samsara.law.cwru.edu
> NOTE: firstname.lastname@example.org no longer exists
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