E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hackers have turned AOL's own rules against them, luring subscribers into terminating their own accounts in the Warez chat rooms... (HotWired's Declan McCullagh added some additional comments to this story in his "Fight Censorship" archive, under the headline
Those wacky AOLers)
Subject: Aol now polices private rooms
From: email@example.com (BANE)
Organization: Your Organization
Date: 3 Jul 96 04:06:21 GMT
After being kicked out of the private room warez2 by an aol staffer here
is the letter they sent me.
Subj: TOS Violation Report
Date: 96-07-02 00:45:49 EDT
This e-mail has been sent to all of your screen names. If you have
alread read it under another screen name, please disregard this copy.
A screen name associated with your master account recently entered the
chat room warez2 This chat room is reportedly being used to illegally trade
software in violation of U.S. law and AOLís Terms of Service. In
accordance with our Terms of Service, AOL reserves the right to treat as public any
private chat room whose directory or room name is published or becomes
generally known or available. Please be advised that members found in
these rooms may lose their AOL membership without further warning.
If you entered this room in response to offers of "free online time",
"upgrades of AOL" or the like, you should be aware that these offers are
fraudulent. AOL does not issue credit through private rooms, and
upgrades of our software are only available in designated free areas of AOL. If you
come across any of these false offers, we would appreciate it if you would
report them to the Community Action Team (keyword:TOS). If you believe you
have entered such a room by accident, please contact the Community Action
Team as soon as possible (keyword:TOS).
We remind you that the AOL community depends on our members abiding by
our community rules. If you are unfamiliar with these rules, please take
the time to read AOLís Terms of Service, which is always available free
online by going to keyword "TOS".
If you have any questions or comments regarding this situation, please
feel free to contact us at the screen name TOSEMAIL1.
The Community Action Team
America Online, Inc.
On June 19 the "Concept" virus infected several computers at a West coast newspaper facility....
The computers had all been downloading files from AOL.
The previous rumor has been confirmed...
Received Friday, May 31
Aol Has Devised Some Way To Find Out Who Was In A Room Called Warez Wich Is
SpesificLy Used By Hackers To Send Illegal Software. So If Ya Pop In There
Your Account Is Cespended Untill You Call Aol And Ask Them To Reactivate It.
And If You Are Caught Again In Those Rooms Wich Are Now Labeled Illegal Your
Account Will Be Terrminated So It Is Unreversable.