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Anonymity: Pseudonymous servers: Anon.penet.fi
Anon.penet.fi has closed
Yes, it's true. The most popular pseudonymous service on the Net has
finally closed. To quote from the original
message at Penet's Web site:
Due to both the ever-increasing workload and the current uncertain
legal status of the privacy of e-mail here in Finland, I have now
closed down the anon.penet.fi anonymous forwarding service until
The Finland-based anon.penet.fi server was the most famous anonymous service
on the Internet. It has slightly less than 700,000 registered users and
handled about 10,000 messages every day.
Because of this, this index has now become obsolete.
I have maintained this service for over 3 years, and as there have
appeared a number of other similar, reliable and well maintained
servers, I feel we have reached a situation where the current
anon.penet.fi server can be retired. Thank you for a very interesting
time on the net!
The raid on the server
- Some time ago, the admin of the service was forced to reveal the real
address behind one of the anon ID's. What exactly happened is still a
bit unclear, but here you can read more about it. Also read the anon
on the anon.penet.fi raid.
Anonymity: Pseudonymous servers: alpha.c2.org
- The alpha.c2.org pseudonymous server functions similar to
anon.penet.fi, but it is more secure. It supports encryption, use
of remailers and reply blocks. This
makes it impossible to know who is using which account, even for
Anonymity: Remailers: Cypherpunk remailers
- Cypherpunk remailers (sometimes referred to as "Type I") simply take your
message, strip off all headers and send it to the intended recipient.
This means that no one will be able to reply in e-mail to your
message, but it gives you an almost intraceable way of sending messages.
Anonymity: Remailers: Mixmaster remailers
- Mixmaster remailers, also known as "Type II" remailers, were
designed to be even more secure than cypherpunk
remailers. Most of the attacks that work against Type I remailers
are useless against Mixmaster remailers. It requires a special client
to compose messages.
Last modified: 23 Jan 1998
Author: Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet
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