UPDATE January 2003:
Have some the Sporgers been identified? I don't know--- here's the evidence: make up your own mind on the issue.
A Private Investigator researched one of the phone numbers that one abused ISP alledged was used to commit the Sporgery attack. My Declaration was used in an attempt to refute (prove false) the allegation: Scientology® Inc. managed to prevent the gathering of evidence that would have been used to prove the allegation false. If Scientology® Inc. is truthful when claiming they had nothing to do with the attack, why did they prevent the acquisition of evidence that would prove their innocence?
Then someone named Tory Christman (aka Tory Magoo, aka Tory Bezazian) came along and claimed she helped Scientology Inc.'s GO/OSA (the department within Scientology Inc. assigned to commit crimes) attack the newsgroup via the sporgery flood (among other acts). She has been a Scientologist for thirty years, and her claim appears (to me, though I could be wrong) to be genuine.
Ms. Christman related how she acquired ISP dial-up accounts for Scientology's GO/OSA to be used in the sporgery attack. She was not told what the Internet accounts would be used for. She later visited a.r.s. to see what the accounts were being used for, and was shocked and dismayed. She later clarified some issues regarding GO/OSA and secrecy on the matter. She also likened the sporgery attack to clumsy terrorism. Warrior commented on the problems caused by the Scientology "Op."
"Gibbering clones the future of Usenet?" is an excellent article by Daniel Rutter published on 16 Sep 1999 for Technology News.
For why this site exists, one may look here.
See here for some of the addresses of the Internet Service Providers who have been used by the criminals to commit their forgery crimes.
See here for a new law that may put the individuals in prison. California passed anti-spam legislation that opposes falsifying message headers--- which the sporgery team has done over one million times! This article discusses that legislation.
See the Declaration that explains to the court the nature of the problem.
Here is a Radius ID Log of one of the abused dial-up accounts.
Wired News did an article on the subject.
The volume of the abuse is about 170,000,000 bytes a month. Statistics for July 1999 show 44,075 (detected) forged denial of service sporgeries (details by posting domain are here). It is probably illegal to use another person's name in most USA states.
August 1999 statistics, complements of ©Anti-Cult© (who also gave us the July 1999 statistics above): by Posting Host, and Messages per hour, and Forged 'From:' Count. You can get a sense of the crime syndicate's desperation at silencing its critics warning people about the scam by looking over these stats.
September 1999 statistics, complements of ©Anti-Cult©, may be viewed here. I've included some graphs so that the OSA will have something to print out and pin to their cubical walls. The attack against Deja News is also important to keep in mind.
Note to all ISPs: the crime syndicate uses false ID and untraceable money orders to acquire dial-up access from which they inject their sporgeries.
UPDATE: as of Thursday March 23 2000 a.r.s. is still under attack by the crime syndicate. As usual, goons have been flooding the newsgroup with off-topic propaganda, trying to make the newsgroup unreadable. Here is a line graph showing the posting times of the forged article flood compared with the posting time of the Scientology propaganda spam currently going on:
The Usenet Newsgroup alt.religion.scientology has been under attack from the Scientology® "church" since the newsgroup's inception. Over the past four or so years, this attack has taken a few different forms.
|"Other ideological activist groups have generally wanted to use the 'net to actually promote their agenda, not render it useless." --- FBI agent in charge of investigating the sporgery assault against a.r.s.|
These web pages deal with number 6 above: forged articles. Below you will find a list of some of the Internet Service Providers from which the criminals are posting these forged articles. NOTE THAT THE LIST IS NOT COMPLETE! I have only listed the latest ISPs.
Also note that for the ISPs that I have included headers, I have only counted articles that had not been canceled yet: this means that where I might show a count of 100 for an ISP, there was probably a much larger number of forged articles actually posted--- this is because I only show the articles that the various cancel robots MISSED. Collection date started on December 10, 1998GC.
Here is a sample of a forged article's header. The Internet Service Provider is found on the NNTP-Posting-Host line ("henge.com" in this example). The name, address, and subject were all taken from a real article Rev Dennis once posted. Note that the criminals have added a double space in the subject line: they insert the double space so that their softwear knows not to use their forgery's header to create another forgey, plus their article-reading softwear can use the double space to know to skip over the article because the double space flags it as a crime syndicate forgery. The Message-ID is a forgery, showing the posted date, nine or ten digits, and a false domain name.
From: inFormer@informer.org (Rev Dennis Erlich) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Re: ASHO Transfer Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 18:28:33 Organization: Rocky Mountain Internet - 1(800)-900-RMII Lines: 1 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> NNTP-Posting-Host: ppp316.henge.com X-Trace: news1.rmi.net 914123070 29884 220.127.116.11 (20 Dec 1998 X-Complaints-To: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Date: 20 Dec 1998 03:04:30 GMT Xref: news2.lightlink.com alt.religion.scientology:518641Scientologers in ARS have been posting articles by the tens of thousands that support neo-Nazi hatred; the supremacy of "white, Aryan" people; denial that the Holocaust occured; and messages that denounce "The Jew" as perfidious and evil and the source of all the world's ills. While the Scientologists who are posting these articles may believe these things (it's their right), it is not their right to post their beliefs under the names of the critics of Scientology®'s criminal and unethical behavior.
The following are a few (122) of the ISPs abused as explained in number six above. The actual number may be 50 or 60 more; listed below are just the ones I talked with when fighting the crime. These businesses did *NOT* do anything wrong: they were abused by a criminal enterprise without their consent.
|[954ACCESS (954ACCESS2-DOM)], [@Home.com], [ACCESSPRO.NET], [ACD Internet Services (ACD3-DOM)], [AccessPro Communications Inc.], [AdCom Systems (ADCOMSYS-DOM)], [Advanced Instruments Corp. (AI-DOM)], [Allnet (ALLNETCOM-DOM)], [Allnetcom.com], [Amarillo Online (AMAONLINE-DOM)], [American Systems Consulting, Inc (ASCINET2-DOM)], [BluegrassNet (BLUEGRASS2-DOM)], [CDS Networks Inc (INTERNETCDS2-DOM)], [Chicagonet.net], [Code (CODENET2-DOM)], [CompuSys Computer Services, Inc.], [Computer Network Service Provider (CNSP-DOM)], [Computer Systems Engineering Corporation (PARKAVE2-DOM)], [ConnectExpress (CONNECTEXPRESS-DOM)], [ConnectNet, Inc], [Cyberhighway Internet Services (CYBERHIGHWAY-DOM)], [Cyberramp, LLC (CYBERRAMP-DOM)], [DDCI.Net], [Dawson Stover Company], [Dialaccess-ISP, Inc], [Discovery Online (NETBLK-DISCOVERYONLINE3)], [Eaznet (EAZNET2-DOM)], [Electronic Corporate Pages, Inc. (ECPI-DOM)], [Engineering International, Inc. (RT2-DOM)], [Exchange Network Services, Inc. (EN2-DOM)], [Exodus Online Services (EOS3-DOM)], [Expert Net], [Faculdade de Filosofia, Polo de Viseu], [Freeside Communications, Inc. (FC-DOM)], [Front Range Internet, Inc. (FRII-DOM)], [Ft. Bend Network (FBNET4-DOM)], [Ft. Bend Network], [Galaxy 7], [GlassNet Communications], [Hearst Corporation (TEXASONLINE2-DOM)], [Icubed.Com], [Imagenet Inc. (ONEIMAGE-DOM)], [ImagiNet Ltd. (IMAGIN3-DOM)], [Innercite (INNERCITE-DOM)], [Innovation Group, Inc. (INNOVATION-DOM)], [InterConnect, Inc. (INCT2-DOM)], [InterMountain Access, LLC (NEWYORKNET5-DOM)], [InterNet Delaware, Inc. (IDV2-DOM)], [Internet America (Airnews.net)], [Internet Business Exchange (IBX3-DOM)], [Internet Computer Services, Inc. (HUBWEST3-DOM)], [Internet Express (IXPRES-DOM)], [Internet Nebraska (INETNEBR-DOM)], [JPS Net (JPS2-DOM)], [K D Marketing Inc. (SPINN3-DOM)], [Local Connections, Inc. (LCONN2-DOM)], [Los Nettos], [Mile High Online (MHO2-DOM)], [Motion Internet (MOTION5-DOM)], [NETSECURE.NET], [NTS Communications, Inc. (NETBLK-UU-208-221-108-B)], [NXS.Net], [Net Focus Communication Service Inc (NETBLK-VCP-CBLK5-NETFOCUS-1)], [Netlink, Inc. (NIDLINK-DOM)], [Netstar Telecommunications, Inc. (NSTCI-DOM)], [Netwide Access Inc (NETWIDE2-DOM)], [New York Connect (NYCT-DOM)], [NorthWest Link (NWLINK-DOM)], [O'Donnell Broadcasting Inc. (OBWAN2-DOM)], [PDQ.net, Incorporated (PDQ4-DOM)], [PROFESSIONAL MEDIA SERVICE CORP. (PROMEDIA-DOM)], [Pacifier Computers (PACIFIER-DOM)], [Peak to Peak Internet], [Planet Systems Inc (PLANETC-DOM)], [PowerSite Internet Services, Inc (POWERSITE2-DOM)], [Quik International], [RTD Systems & Networking, Inc. (RTD-DOM)], [Radiks Internet Access (RADIKS2-DOM)], [RiverCity Internet Providers (RCIP2-DOM)], [Rocky Mountain Communications Inc (RMCI2-DOM)], [Rocky Mountain Internet (ROCKYMTN-DOM)], [Rocky Mountain Internet (RMI3-DOM)], [Seanet Corp (SEANET-DOM)], [Shore.Net], [South Coast Computing Services, Inc.], [South Wind Internet Access, Inc. (SOUTHWIND2-DOM)], [Spire Technologies, Inc.], [StarNet, Inc. (POPSITE5-DOM)], [StarNet, Inc.], [Stonehenge Internet Communications Corp.], [Surfnet Inc], [Taylor Communications Group, Inc. (MYTELCO-DOM)], [Telapex Internet, A Division of Telapex Long Distance, Inc. (TELAPEX-DOM)], [Teleport Internet Services], [Tesser, LLC (TESSER-DOM)], [Texas Networking, Inc. (GIGANEWS-DOM) ], [The Internet Access Company (TIAC2-DOM)], [The Midwest Connection (MIDLINK-DOM)], [The Nashville Exchange, Inc. (NASHVILLE-DOM)], [The Xensei Corporation (XENSEI-DOM)], [Traci Communications, Inc. (TRACI2-DOM)], [Transport Logic (NETBLK-TRANSPORT-C3)], [U S WEST Communication Services (USWEST2-DOM)], [UNITE Solutions Ltd. (UNITE3-DOM)], [UUNET Technologies, Inc. (UU-DOM)], [United States Internet, Inc (USIT-DOM)], [University of Ediacara (EDIACARA-DOM)], [VIP Communications (NETBLK-URVIP-206-250)], [Vegas.Net], [Verio, Inc. (VERIO-DOM)], [Virtual Showroom, Inc], [WMW Communications, Inc. D/B/A Access Orlando (AO3-DOM)], [WT.net (CHINA-PENGUIN-DOM)], [Washington Internet Services (WA3-DOM)], [Web2000, Inc (WEB11-DOM)], [WebZone (WEBZONE2-DOM)], [ZiaNet, Inc. (ZIANET-DOM)], [easystreet online services (EASYSTREET-DOM)], [iThink, Inc. (NETBLK-ITHK-208-170-33-64)], [iXL Hosting (MEMPHISONLINE-DOM)], [internet connect, inc. (INCONNECT-DOM)], [ispi of Lincoln, Inc (ISPI2-DOM)]|
Note: Giganews earned a partial Usenet Death Penalty because they could not, or would not, end the abuse via Giganews.
"The 'Church' of Scientology is a religious cult which has unwisely decided to declare war against the Usenet and Internet communities. Since December of 1994, this Church and its followers have committed numerous acts that are hostile to the spirit of free speech on the Net. This web page is intended to document these activities."