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TUCoPS :: Cyber Law :: bbsfall.txt

The fall of a BBS. (How not to run one)




786 Bulletin Board Service of Chicago (INFO-MAT Affiliate)
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Date: 02-02-88 (14:30)              Number: 3646
  To: ALL                           Refer#: NONE
From: KEN LOPEZ                       Read: (N/A)
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

    Do any of you logon to this BBS? Have you managed to get on lately?
I have tried several times lately only to get a busy signal. I even left
my autodial on for over an hour. Is there anything wrong with it?

Date: 02-02-88 (22:03)              Number: 3653
  To: KEN LOPEZ                     Refer#: 3646
From: DALE HOWARD                     Read: YES
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

I log onto The Forbidden Zone on a regular basis (or did). Lately I've
had the same result as you.

Date: 02-03-88 (01:14)              Number: 3659
  To: DALE HOWARD                   Refer#: 3653
From: KEN LOPEZ                       Read: YES
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

  Glad(?) to see that someone else has the same problem. The sysop
probably got some new equipment and is in the process of installing
it(being optimistic) or ........!!!!


Date: 02-03-88 (02:01)              Number: 3663
  To: DALE HOWARD                   Refer#: 3653
From: BOB ILLUMINATI                  Read: YES
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

The Forbidden Zone will be down untill further notice. From what I
hear they were busted by the State Police for Credir Card #'s.


Date: 02-04-88 (03:04)              Number: 3694
  To: DALE HOWARD                   Refer#: 3653
From: KEN LOPEZ                       Read: NO
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

  Here's the deal on the Frobidden Zone BBS. I called the Riverside
Premium BBS and had the delightful opportunity to talk to the sysop. He
told me that the 14 year old sysop of the FZ had an extra node for
SPECIAL users only and that it contained mainly commercial software and
I guess he charged a fee for logging on. A company, National Software,
was also in on the bust. The FBI even set up their own BBS to nail the
kid. Get this. His dad's a cop and his uncle's an FBI agent. Boy, some
nerve. This happened last Friday and the news has already Kentucky.
Here's another way for BBS's to shut down!!!!!!!


Date: 02-04-88 (19:51)              Number: 3700
  To: BOB ILLUMINATI                Refer#: 3663
From: CURTIS SAHAKIAN                 Read: NO
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

Do you know anything more about what happened to the Forbidden  zone?
How did they get busted?

Date: 02-04-88 (19:56)              Number: 3701
  To: KEN LOPEZ                     Refer#: 3694
From: CURTIS SAHAKIAN                 Read: YES
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

How was the FBI able to use a BBS to catch the Forbidden zone?

Date: 02-06-88 (01:49)              Number: 3703
  To: CURTIS SAHAKIAN               Refer#: 3701
From: KEN LOPEZ                       Read: NO
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

  I'm not really sure. i understand that it was used to track uploaders
of commercial software. The whole thing is still kinda sketchy.

Date: 02-06-88 (01:51)              Number: 3704
  To: CURTIS SAHAKIAN               Refer#: 3700
From: KEN LOPEZ                       Read: NO
Subj: FORBIDDEN ZONE BBS            Status: PUBLIC MESSAGE

  Read Mesg. 3694. I wrote something about it.


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