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AT&T bust by Defcon 5 BBS

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On 3-24-94 Sysop of Defcon 5 BBS in Shelton Washinton, Missileman received a call from AT&T Investigators informing him that his line has been monitored, for the accumulation of over 240,000 dollars in fraudulant phone charges. Shortly following a similar call was placed to The Prophecy Sysop of Future Shock BBS.
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On 3-24-94 Sysop of Defcon 5 BBS in Shelton Washinton, Missileman received a
call from AT&T Investigators informing him that his line has been monitored,
for the accumulation of over 240,000 dollars in fraudulant phone charges.
Shortly following a similar call was placed to The Prophecy Sysop of Future
Shock BBS.  In a stroke of luck, both sysops began moving their equipment and
software to safer places.  Shortly following a joint visit was paid to both
residents from members of the FBI, AT&T Investigators and Representatives of
Microsoft.  After a thourough search of both homes, and 
lengthy questioning (Under Warrant), both have been released under their own
recognisance.  Neither Sysops had increminating evidence present.  All Caller
log, accounts, and software of both boards is safe.  After further discussion
with authorities, attorneys of both party's have obtained documents disclosing
the source of the informant, who was responsible for both parties.  Because
of co-operation of the informant and a ongoing investigation, they asked that
all information pertaining to both investigations be blacked out.  Both sysops
have been issued gag orders not to discuss any details of their conversation.
Under penalty of legal actions both have talked with me, and disclosed what
they know of the raids.  I am writing this text to let you know, that the two
busts were a small scale test case to try the waters for an ongoing national
investigation by the above listed agencies to close down as many Bulletin
Board Systems and the users of them.  The FBI has obtained extensive captures
from a informant who is heavily into the scene, and runs a major board in the
206 area code.  Under the front of the board, the FBI hopes to catch as many
Long Distance Calling Card Abusers as possible.  The Sysop of this board has
made extensive captures of all boards he has access to as well as the activities
of the users of BBS.  Using these captures the FBI is testing the waters on
the above mentioned boards.  Fortunately for both sysops, they had removed all
equipment, and trace of guilt.  By now, you are probably asking yourself who
this loser is that would turn in two quality boards, and genuinely cool sysops
who have been contributed greatly to the scene, I hesitantly release the name
of the person, because of the possiblity of legal actions which could be taken
against the both parties, due to the release of this information.  The FBI's
rat, snitch informant and all around fucked asshole is none other than:
DEAN SCHUMAN aka The Foreman, Sysop of Predatory Nature.  I advise all of you
who are involved in the scene to dissassociate yourself with this individual
if you have any contact with him, further contact could result in legal action
against you and your BBS.  It makes me sick to think that two individuals who  
have done nothing more than give to the BBS community and the scene be put
through this crap.  I have been told by both individuals they will continue
on with thier lives, but will not be able to run thier Bulletin Board Systems
again, because of these actions.  As for "The Foreman" it makes me sick to 
think that you could lower yourself to this level, and co-operate with law
enforcement agencies.    
   WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

    PREDATORY NATURE (206) 352-2479   (206) 352-3584  (206) 352-4257
   
Is a FBI Front for Project BYTE, a joint Law Enforcement, Telephone Provider
and Software Company project to close the distribution of copyrighted material
and Abuse of Telephone Long Disntance Services.  I will personally be dropping
out of the scene for a few months to let things cool off.  This is a terrible
trajedy, it is ashame that it has come to this.
 
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