Re: Cautionary note re TALK window

Halvor Kise jr. (
Thu, 31 Aug 1995 12:06:19 +0200 (MET DST)


I am willing to bet that that user came from (
We have had the same troubble here. I know that they are denied from the
cornell reflector for the same reason. We have been in touch with the
system administration at who is willing to throw this guy out
if they catch him. He is often connected to several reflectors at the
same time and stays connected for a long time. So if the system
administration gets a phone whenever this thing happends they can catch him.
We are currently denying anything from and so will any
reflecor that we are connected to in the near future.

- Halvor.

On Wed, 30 Aug 1995, Jean Armour Polly wrote:
> Although IMHO the end user perception is that the username in the video
> window, the name in the participant's list, and the name in the TALK window
> are all the same per connected ip number, this is not always the case.
> Some CUSeeMe clients do the following:
> Video window and participant's list show the name used when first
> connecting, whereas the Talk window shows the current value of the user
> name, which may have been changed.
> This allows users to impersonate other users, with predictable results.
> You can't be sure who you're *really* talking to.
> Worse, things can be said in the name of a legitimate person in a normal
> video window, who doesn't even have her TALK window open, and can't see
> what is being said.
> Example: Connie Chung smiling away in normal video window, without her TALK
> window open.
> Some wiseacre opens up his TALK window, changes his username to
> ConnieChung, and starts saying impolite things about Newt Gingrich's
> mother. Connie doesn't even know it and other users think Connie's gone off
> the deep end of the Net.
> Something akin to this happened to me yesterday, but I saw it and made note
> of the IP numbers connected at the time.
> Jean Armour Polly
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