remailer

remailer

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anonymous remailer

An organization that forwards email anonymously stripping out the sender's name and email address. Remailers are used by people that wish to express an opinion to newsgroups or to individuals without fear of excessive responses or retaliation. It is the same as dropping a letter in the post office without a return address. See Anonymizer.
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An anonymous remailer is a server computer that receives messages with embedded instructions and then forwards them without revealing the original source.
Mathewson, "Mixminion: design of a type III anonymous remailer protocol", in Proc.
Remember, however, that the free screensaver or song that you're downloading might include some code that will turn your computer into a robotic remailer for somebody's spam.
(proposing limited liability for remailer operators).
Runs an anonymous remailer and PGP key server." At the other end of the scale, in almost last place, was Tulane, which "regards logging onto the network as a student's consent to look at any file, including e-mail." The top five universities in the Wired survey were MIT, Cornell, Vanderbilt, the University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon.
Robyn Wagner, Comment, Frontiers of law: The Internet Ad Cyberspace: Comment: Don't Shoot the Messenger: Limiting the Liability of Anonymous Remailer Operators, 32 N.M.L.
You can print your catalog in the United States and inject it directly into the domestic postal stream of your target country or region with the help of a remailer or foreign postal authority.
Anonymous remailers are services that mask the origin of an e-mail address by stripping off all identifying information and replacing it with an anonymous code number.(193) All one has to do is send his e-mail message to a free anonymous remailer, such as the one at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Computer Science, which then strips off the identifying information and resends it anonymously.(194) Anyone trying to trace the e-mail back to the sender would be unable to get beyond the anonymous remailer as these services generally have a policy of destroying the logs of their operations.(195) There are similar services, such as Anonymizer,(196) that allow for similarly anonymous viewing of Internet web pages.(197)
But since remailer computers are designed to be anonymous, they usually don't log e-mail that has passed through them.
This safeguard is to a certain degree eliminated by the use of certain mail servers known as "anonymous remailers," mail servers designed to conceal the sender's identity by replacing the message's return address with an address pointing to the remailer.
* Use an anonymous remailer if you want to send a message without revealing your identity.
[10] True e-mail anonymity is achieved by encrypting it and then routing it through several anonymous remailers. This way, no single remailer knows both where the message came from and where it is going.