gmail.com’s false fronts

The Googleplex is now in control of the mail of the unsuspecting people communicating with what they take to be bona fide correspondents at independent domains. I have noticed, for example, that ...

...@aaas.orgAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science, USA
...@artifex.com‘... offers a complete document handling and management ecosystem to developer ... Trusted by the world’s leading technology and services companies for over 23 years’, USA
...@brown.eduBrown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
...@crru.ac.thChiang Rai Rajabat University, Mueang Chiangrai THAILAND
...@edoceo.comBusiness - Technology - Engineering We make mobile ready HTML5/CSS3 web-based business applications go. We leverage Lean startup methods and the Open Stack, USA
...@fightforthefuture.orgA nonprofit working to expand the internet’s power for good Fight for the Future is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet’s transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people. Alongside internet users everywhere we beat back attempts to limit our basic rights and freedoms, and empower people to demand technology (and policy) that serves their interests, USA
...@ilaw.or.thเชิญชวนทุกท่านร่วมสร้างสรรค์กฎหมาย เพื่อชีวิตที่ดีขึ้นของทุกคน iLaw.or.th inviting you all to create laws that foster the good life for everyone, THAILAND
...@ips-dc.orgInstitute for Policy Studies (IPS) is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society, USA
...@ivaw.orgIraq Veterans Against the War, USA
...@jill2016.comJill Stein, Green Party candidate for potus, 2016, USA
...@khaosod.co.thKhaosod English, a large newspaper/media organization in THAILAND
...@myhome.netwebsite seems to be defunct, USA
...@nd.eduThe University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana USA
...@postcarbon.orgLeading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world, USA
...@prachatai.comPrachatai, a USAID funded online newspaper in Bangkok THAILAND
...@zendesk.comZendesk Support puts all your customer information in one place, USA
...@truthdig.comLos Angeles entrepreneur Zuade Kaufman, who serves as publisher, and journalist Robert Scheer drilling beneath the headlines, USA
...@usaid.govUSAID, the cia/us state department itself

... just those gleaned from my personal sent mail folder, are all false fronts for the Googleplex’ email handling component.

I use Mozilla’s Thunderbird mailer, perhaps called ‘Early Bird’ now, and by checking

view -> headers -> all

I can see just who is handling the mail I send and receive. That’s how I noticed that a few of the domains above were actually false fronts for the Googleplex, which now surely reads, analyses, and stores forever all the mail sent to and from correspondents at Notre Dame and Khao Sod and all the rest, just as it does with gmail.

Recently, a friend reminded me that dig - a dns lookup program from the internet systems consortium - is an easy way to go about discovering google false fronts.

I ‘mined’ my own sent mail folder and fed the names of all my own correspondents to dig:

  1. I grep’d out the "To:" lines from all the emails in my sent folder ...
    grep "To:" my-sent-emails-folder-file > my-sent-emails-domain-names
  2. I trimmed them up in an editor, getting rid of all but the domain names ... then sort’d them, ran them through uniq, and wrote the resulting lines to a file ...
    sort my-sent-email-domain-names | uniq > my-uniq-sent-email-domain-names
  3. I looked at the file, and tidied it up again, then added the query options to dig ...
    -qr x.com MX
    -qr y.net MX
    -qr z.org MX
    ...
    ... and saved them in yet another file
  4. I ran dig -f the-name-of-the-file-of-options-i-just-made-above > my-uniq-google-suborned-sent-email-domain-names, and the cleaned-up results are in the table above

In a ‘normal’ gmail exchange, both sides of a given conversation with a gmail.com endpoint know their mail is being read, analysed, and stored forever by the Googleplex, that one-side of the conversation has passively acquiesced to Google’s spying, analysis, and storage ... and has procured as well its corespondents’ side of its conversations for the Googleplex’ spying, analysis, and storage machine.

In the case of Google’s false fronted domains, neither side knows - the corporate lackeys at the hosting domain know - that the Google is reading, analysing, and storing their conversations, because Google is purposefully hiding behind seemingly reputable domains to do so.

People are rightly upset that the purveyers of GMOs do not label their products.

People ought to be more upset that Google is reading, analysing, and storing their mail indefinitely, and building dossiers on their correspondence - not only with no notice given, but actively masquerading as supposedly reputable third parties!

Please look at all the headers of the email you receive, note the Google - or other - false fronts, and send me, jfmxl@sdf.org, the domain names subverted by the Googleplex, for posting here. Or to anywhere this betrayal is being covered and the subverted domain names published. I’m doing it because I know of no one else who is doing so.

Google is keeping quiet about its support for the omnibus CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2015, just as it did for earlier versions of CISPA. It is rumoured that Google actually wrote, or at least had an active hand in writing, CISA 2015, and previous versions of CISPA as well.

The CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2015 allows Google and other ‘entities’ to give up what we rightfully regard as our private communications to the US federal government, with no notice given to ourselves, and with immunity from all prosecution for doing so.

Let us not speak falsely now, the hour is getting late.