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Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 18:32:58 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: AOL *way* outta control  (fwd)

>>(Note from an AOL member: I don't think that this could wait....If this is
>true....They have went way out of bounds. Patti)
>>From a former AOL employee:
>>I'll try and cut through the crap, and try to get to the point of this
>letter.  I used to work for America Online, and would like to remain
>anonymous for that reason.  I was laid off in early September, but I know
>exactly why I was laid off, which I will now explain:
>>Since last December, I had been one of the many people assigned to design
>AOL 4.0 for Windows  (AOL 4.0 beta, codenamed Casablanca).  In the
>beginning, I was very proud of this task, until I found out the true cost
>of it.  Things were going fine until about mid-February, when me and 2 of
>my colleagues started to suspect a problem, an unexplainable 'Privacy
>Invasion', with the new version.  One of them, who is a master programmer,
>copied the finished portion of the new version (Then 'Build 
>>52'), and took it home, and we spent nearly 2 weeks of sleepless nights
>examining and debugging the program, flipping it inside-out, and here is
>what we found.
>>Unlike all previous versions of America Online, version 4.0 puts something
>in your hard drive called a 'cookie'.  (AOL members click <A
>HREF="aol://4344:1047.g334.8411481.532897009">here</A> for a definition).
>However, the cookie we found on Version 4.0 was far more treacherous than
>the simple internet cookie.  How would you like somebody looking at your
>entire hard drive, snooping through any (yes, any) piece of information on
>your hard drive.  It could also read your password and log in information
>and store it deep in the program code.  Well, all previous versions,
>whether you like it or not, have done this to a certain extent, but only
>with files you downloaded.  As me and my colleagues discovered, with the
>new version, anytime you are signed on to AOL, any top aol executive, any
>aol worker, who has been sworn to secrecy regarding this feature, can go
>into your hard drive and retrieve any piece of information that they so
>desire.  Billing, download records, e-mail, directories, personal
>documents, programs, financial information, scanned images, etc ... Better
>start keeping all those pictures on a floppy disk!
>>This is a totally disgusting violation of our rights, and your right to
>know as well.  Since this is undoubtably 'Top Secret' information that I am
>revealing, my life at AOL is pretty much over.  After discovering this
>information, we started to inform a few other workers at America Online, so
>that we could get a large enough crew to stop this from happening to the
>millions of unfortunate and unsuspecting America Online 
>>members.  This was in early August.  One month later, all three of us were
>unemployed.  We got together, and figured there was something we had to do
>to let the public know.  
>>Unemployed, with one of us going through a divorce (me) and another who is
>about to undergo treatment for Cancer, our combined financial situation is
>not currently enough to release any sort or article.  We attepted to create
>a web page on three different servers containing in-depth information on
>AOL 4.0, but all three were taken down within 2 days.  We were running very
>low on time (4.0 is released early this 
>>winter), so we figured our last hope to reveal this madness before it
>effects the people was starting something similar to a chain letter, this
>letter you are reading.  Please do the following, to help us expose AOL for
>who they really are, and to help us and yourself recieve personal
>gratification for taking a stand for our freedom:
>>1.  Forward this letter to as many people as you can (not just friends and
>family, as many as you can!)
>>2.  Tell people who aren't on America Online in person, especially
>important people (Private Investigators, Government workers, City Council)
>>3.  If the information about the new version isn't exposed by the time aol
>is released early this winter, for your own protection, DON'T DOWNLOAD AOL
>>Thank you for reading and examining this information.  Me and my
>colleagues hope that you will help us do the right thing in this situation.
> Enjoy America Online (just kidding!).
>>A former AOL employee

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