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Re: Distressing, possibly life threatening emails from free accounts (yahoo, hotmail
From: Brad Arlt <arlt () cpsc ucalgary ca>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 10:36:21 -0600

On Tue, May 27, 2003 at 12:38:58PM -0400, steve baker wrote:
One of our users has received questionable and possibly life threatening
emails from a yahoo account that was created recently.  They have approached
us to find out as much as we can pertaining to the person sending it.

Of course, we are not YAHOO so we cannot determine anything about the mail
other than the content.

How can we find out who sent this?

Likely you alone will not be able to.  I know we do not and cannot
release information like that without either consent (which in this
case will not be desirable to obtain) or a document from the court
(search warrent, cipena (I know I spelled that wrong), etc.)

There are laws in some nations (like here in Canada) that say threats
are bad (an arrestable offense maybe).  I would phone the police, and
they can direct you how to proceed.

It is possible they can obtain the information from Yahoo, while you 
will not be able to.
   __o          Bradley Arlt                    Security Team Lead
 _ \<_          arlt () cpsc ucalgary ca                University Of Calgary
(_)/(_)         I should be biking right now.   Computer Science


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