It was an April Fool's hoax. Someone forged newgroup messages in
tale's name for what looks like every group that failed its vote in the
last few years, plus all groups now in discussion or being voted on.
David Lawrence <tale @
net> has said he will be sending out
rmgroup messages to clean these up. He's also being urged in the
discussion of the incident to start using PGP authentication on these
messages, since forging them is so easy.
Gordon T. Thompson gordy @
Manager, Internet Services 212-556-1386
The New York Times fax: 212-556-1636
The Times and I have an arrangement: Neither of us speaks for the other.
On Thu, 4 Apr 1996, David Schnardthorst wrote:
> This may not be firewall related, however I am hoping somebody can tell
> me if they are having a similiar experience.
> I have a firewall running FWTK, with NNTP plugged to an inside news server,
> this morning I logged in, and I have over 200 new newsgroups, and they are
> still being created. They appear to have been initiated by tale @
> Has anybody heard of a massive update, or should I be suspicious?
> Any help is greatly appreciated.
> David Schnardthorst, Systems/Network Eng. * Phone: (314)838-6839
> Stryder Communications, Inc. * Fax: (314)838-8527
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