P2P Psyops & DOS (fwd)

Eugene Leitl Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Sun, 3 Mar 2002 20:21:32 +0100 (MET)

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Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2002 09:04:36 -0800
From: Optimizzin Al-gorithym <al@qaeda.org>
To: cypherpunks@lne.com
Subject: P2P Psyops & DOS

Steve Griffin
StreamCast/Morpheus CEO


It appears that the attacks included an encrypted message
being repeatedly sent directly to your computers that
changed registry settings in your computer. Later, it appears
our ad servers were attacked resulting in messages being
sent to other sites without our knowledge, which threatened
our most basic revenue model. We believe some of these
attacks continue as Morpheus users attempt to connect to
the old Morpheus User Network. This was why it is important
to quickly deploy our new software product.

This unprovoked attack is being carefully investigated, as it
appears that federal laws may have been violated. We are still
attempting to discover who would want to eliminate the
community of millions of consumers who are using the
Morpheus software product to connect with other users
around the world.

These attacks have forced us to more quickly deploy our new
software product in order to allow you to bring the largest
p2p community back together. Since it appears that the attack
on your computers came from the closed proprietary
FastTrack-Kazaa software, we have opted not to continue
with this p2p kernel. We believe it to have the ability to
access your computer at will and change registry settings. In
addition, we remain committed to NOT bundling any spy
ware with our product.

We are pleased to migrate to an open Protocol product with
the release of Morpheus Preview Edition, which is based on
the very large network of Gnutella users. The new software
will provide you with the ability for faster searches, the
display of more search results, and many more new and
exciting features. KEEP IN MIND that this is only our preview
edition. Any time change occurs, many object and think the
old version was better. Our objective is to create a new and
exciting software product. Since our company and your p2p
network are being attacked, we would appreciate your
constructive comments for improvement, not simply
criticisms. With you help and input, we will continue to
provide the pre-eminent p2p software product in the world.

Lastly, we want to address some of the misinformation we've
seen recently. There have been many comments that we
caused these problems intentionally. Let me assure you that
we would NEVER treat the Morpheus users in this fashion.
Others have said we would re-launch with a paid subscription
model, again, not true. Our commitment is to always provide
you a free version of the Morpheus software product.
Thanks again for making Morpheus the most widely
downloaded p2p product in the world. We are hard at work to
provide you with the products you have come to expect from
our company. From our perspective p2p means people to

Our goal is to create the software that lets you create the
network. Thanks again for your support.