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Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Using WHOIS & FINGER
Some programs have been around since the early
days of the Internet explosion, WHOIS qualifies in this category.
WHOIS can be extremely helpful for finding information about a
domain. WHOIS can be accessed using a web page such as the one
operated by Network Solutions at www.networksolutions.com/en_US/whois/index.jhtm.
This reports information provided at the time the domain was
registered. It is in the domain owner’s interest to keep that
information current since this is how an owner is contacted when the
domain registration is set to expire. Failure to renew the domain
could result the registration of the domain by a person other than
the original owner. This action is known as pagejacking and
is described in a later chapter.
The Usenet is another type of network used for
gathering and disseminating information. The main function of a
Usenet is to facilitate discussion between people of like
interests. Groups within the Usenet network are broken down into
newsgroups, which are named and categorized by subject. Messages
can be posted to these newsgroups by members of the group and
everyone currently subscribing to that particular newsgroup will
receive the post. This means that two or two hundred people can
have a conversation and share news and tips about a topic they all
The messages that are part of the Usenet can
usually be searched for a very long time after being posted. This
can be very useful if seeking information about an old computer
system. It is important to be aware that any information provided
to a newsgroup on the Usenet will likely be around for longer than
one would expect.
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