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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 06:19:45 -0700
To: "An dy" <glenspey@hotmail.com>
From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: The New AOL 4.0: Invasion of Privacy?
Cc: owner-ignition-point@majordomo.pobox.com

The latest version of AOLpress 2.0 is FREE (?)
at URL:


A comparable package, like Adobe Page Mill 2.0,
is ~$100 at Egghead Software.

Need I say any more?

Caveat usor!!

/s/ Paul Mitchell

At 06:05 AM 10/17/97 PDT, you wrote:
>Recently (past week or so) CNET ran several stories disproving the 
>existence of the attached cookie in the new AOL version (goto 
>www.cnet.com and search their archives using "AOL" as keyword).
>The attached cookie indeed read my HD.  What's the deal?  Why is CNET 
>writing those stories when in fact these cookies *can* do all that and 
>Maybe CNET has been bought out by AOL?
>Anyone know the capabilities of these kinds of cookies?  Would 
>appreciate a clarification.
>----Original Message Follows----
>>From iufo-approval@world.std.com Fri Oct 17 04:59:44 1997
>	id HAA29268; Fri, 17 Oct 1997 07:53:15 -0400 (EDT)
>	id HAA29257; Fri, 17 Oct 1997 07:53:11 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Nsp97@aol.com
>world.std.com (5.65c/Spike-2.0)
>	id AA16554; Fri, 17 Oct 1997 07:53:11 -0400
>	  by emout15.mail.aol.com (8.7.6/8.7.3/AOL-2.0.0)
>	  id HAA15576;
>	  Fri, 17 Oct 1997 07:53:09 -0400 (EDT)
>Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 07:53:09 -0400 (EDT)
>To: iufo@world.std.com
>Cc: NonstopNY@aol.com, TJones1715@aol.com, Mark@lovearth.org
>Subject: IUFO: The New AOL 4.0: Invasion of Privacy?
>	boundary="PART.BOUNDARY.0.16951.emout15.mail.aol.com.877089187"
> >From a former AOL employee:
> >
> > I used to work for America Online, and would like to 
> >remain anonymous. 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, 
> >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
> >here 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) of your files including your password and log 
> >information and store it deep in the program code. Well in the past 
> >AOL's other version 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 
> >into your hard drive and retrieve any piece of information that they 
> >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 
> >from happening to the millions of unfortunate and unsuspecting America 
> >Online members. This was in early August. One month later, all three 
> >us are unemployed because of 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 
> >expose AOL for who they really are, and to help us and yourself 
> >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
> >(Tell important people in your area, congressman, Private 
> >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
> >
> >
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