Eternity Uncensorable?

Alan alan at
Wed Aug 6 11:21:51 PDT 1997

On Wed, 6 Aug 1997, Adam Back wrote:

> Mark Grant <mark at> writes:
> > On Wed, 6 Aug 1997, Adam Back wrote:
> > > To do it properly, you'll need a local eternity server if you want to
> > > good security of encrypted documents. 
> > 
> > I'd assume that in the end this is what most people would do; get a Usenet
> > feed and run a server locally so that noone knows which URLs you're
> > accessing. 
> Indeed.  
> Similar perhaps to web based remailer interfaces, you can turn on SSL,
> but you're still trusting the server, relying on no hackers being able
> to crack it, and relying on your estimate of the authenticity of it's
> certificate
> If there got to be a _lot_ of eternity documents this might get
> impractical.  You wouldn't have the disk space for them all.

This is where I see a problem with eternity servers.

If I were going to attack such a system, I would just start to have the
eternity servers store my core files or some other junk.  (Or maybe feed
it the SIMTEL or archives.) Enough crap so that you could not
have enough space to store the real important stuff...

And then, if anyone did delete it out of the Eternity server(s), I would
yell "censorship" to the freedom knights and/or their fellow travelers...

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