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Old 08-04-2005, 12:50 PM   #1
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Arrow A Free Distro for Free Speech


A few weeks ago, after the violation of the cryptographic services offered by the Autistici/Inventati server by the Italian police and the more recent and misterious "unauthorized hardware manipulation" of the Antani remailer's server, Punto Informatico, Italy's most popular Internet magazine, published a reader's proposal for a Linux/*BSD distro able to provide an easy and secure solution for those interested in turning old machines in anonymous remailers. What the author of the article dreams about is essentially a "remailer in a can," an idea that already appeared in remailer operators' mailing lists a few years ago but that was not able to stimulate enough interest in the community of developers that may still not know about it.

I would like to know what the international community of LinuxQuestions thinks of the initiative. Do you think that in the current plethora of Linux distributions there is room for a Linux or *BSD distro able to turn unused pieces of obsolete hardware into powerful instruments of freedom? Could such a project be feasible? What would its strengths and weaknesses be? How would you proceed? And, most important, is there anyone out there willing to give a hand?

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On the Autistici Inventati violation: makeashorterlink .com/?Y6F424E8B
On the Antani manipulation: makeashorterlink .com/?H20522E8B
Punto Informatico article: makeashorterlink .com/?X11525E8B (in Italian)

I apologize for the weird link formatting. I really had no options.

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Old 08-04-2005, 12:56 PM   #2
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Linux can run on low end hardware just fine. What I'm not understanding is what a "remailer" would do? Is this a machine for spamming or is it a supposed anonymous emailer so the emails can not be tracked back to you? Every time I think remailer I think of spam so I am trying to understand what you mean.
 
Old 08-04-2005, 01:00 PM   #3
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Yeah. We should all support spammers.
 
Old 08-04-2005, 01:08 PM   #4
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I apologize for lack of clarity.
Of course I was clearly referring to anonymous remailer networks.
The idea would be to make a distro that would turn an old computer into an anonymous remailer.

There is no need to say that with more people running anonymous remailers the quality of the anonymous network would greatly improve, thus making attacks way more difficult.
The fact that people could run anonymous remailers at their houses would also reduce the danger of physical violations: while the likelihood of a violation stays the same, its damage is drastically diminished as the remailer operator can quickly notify users of the incident. On the contrary, Autistici/Inventati, whose server was remotely hosted by a private company, knew of the police violation only ONE year later.

Currently there are about 40 anonymous remailers in the world. Imagine how many could be added with a distro that would make the installing and maintenance of an anonymous remailer dead easy!

For more info on anonymous remailers, check wikipedia or google.

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Old 08-04-2005, 01:10 PM   #5
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And talking about spam...
Most anonymous remailers do have spam filters and their operators promptly reply to abuse complaints.

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Old 08-06-2005, 07:31 AM   #6
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From the description of freenet, it sounds worthy of being checked out.

hth --Jonas
 
Old 08-12-2005, 05:05 AM   #7
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Yes, it would make attack more difficult, but what, if someone used said remailer for the perposes of total evil? How can one person be trusted with such a distro making it "dead easy"?
 
Old 08-12-2005, 08:58 AM   #8
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I kind of thought this is the reason for having Windows machines on the internet.

I don't think it's necessary to port this "feature" to everyone's Linux box.
 
  


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