Yo Gonna Burn In Hell!
The following very disturbing message arrived on June 17, 2000, and I responded to it before I realized that it was hacked to appear as if we had sent it to ourselves. We include the full header, in case any readers understand how to decipher these things.
Were it not for this, it would be no big deal. We will not tolerate any outside tampering with our reputation; this includes sending messages which appear to have been sent by us.
We have reported this incident to our server and to pol.co.uk (theplanet.net), though this may not be where the message came from. Our main concern is that the culprit may be sending this and similar messages to others in our name.
-- Cliff Walker
Received: by mail3.aracnet.com (mbox atheism) (with Cubic Circle's cucipop (v1.31 1998/05/13) Sat Jun 17 12:51:05 2000) X-From_: email@example.com Sat Jun 17 08:59:21 2000 Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from mail5.svr.pol.co.uk (mail5.svr.pol.co.uk [18.104.22.168]) by mail2.aracnet.com (8.9.3/8.9.3) with ESMTP id IAA17833 for <email@example.com>; Sat, 17 Jun 2000 08:59:21 -0700 Received: from modem4294967214.firearms.dialup.pol.co.uk ([22.214.171.124]) by mail5.svr.pol.co.uk with smtp (Exim 3.13 #0) id 133L06-0005jd-00 for firstname.lastname@example.org; Sat, 17 Jun 2000 16:59:15 +0100 subject: YO GONNA BURN IN HELL! Message-Id: <E133L06email@example.com> From: firstname.lastname@example.org Bcc: Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 16:59:15 +0100
From: <email@example.com> Subject: YO GONNA BURN IN HELL! Date: Saturday, June 17, 2000 8:59 AM CONVERT NOW AND PREVENT ETERNITY IN HELL! THINK POSITIVE AND CONVERT!
From: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: YO GONNA BURN IN HELL!
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2000 1:16 PM
If there really is a hell, we're all in big trouble -- not because of the hell, but because of the god who would even create a hell.
If there really was a god, she wouldn't need to invent a hell. Any god who would create a hell is not a god, but a demon.
Think about it!
"Positive Atheism" Magazine
From: "Aracnet Support" <email@example.com>
To: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Fw: YO GONNA BURN IN HELL!
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2000 2:34 PM
As you can see by the headers:
Received: from modem4294967214.firearms.dialup.pol.co.uk ([126.96.36.199])
The origin of this message was not here, but from what looks to be a connection in the UK. The fact that it has your return address means that the mail server they used to send the message is not properly secured - it's allowing users to send mail from domains they do not have authority for.
If you'd like to contact the administrators of the originating mail server about this email, their website is http://www.pol.co.uk/ and their abuse report address appears to be email@example.com.
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