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The Army of the Internet
This is a true story that happened to me about 20 years ago. What actually happened is only kinda interesting but what could actually happen is fascinating.
My domain name was stolen. In itself that isn’t even uncommon. The theft was probably a hit for hire since another company had been trying to bully me into giving them the domain name. But it was gone and as a defense subcontractor I was concerned that somebody could be getting my email, account accesses, and impersonating me. I contacted the FBI to report the theft but stealing a domain name isn’t a crime unless and until it’s proven to be used in a crime. So nobody was on my side.
After a lot of griping and trying to track down the domain I finally gave up.
Some few weeks later I got an email through CompuServe if I remember right. The email said that the sender had heard of my blight and could fix the problem. He or she said that the Army of the Internet could fix any problem. All it needed to do is have one of its member’s fix the record and the domain would just appear back in my name.
Well I thought about that and as a reasonably competent computer geek I knew it was true. As everything is computer based, ‘somebody’ has clandestine access to the most obtuse information ever.
The following email went on to say that the Army could and did fix all sorts of injustice. From insurance companies that disavowed legitimate claims, unemployment checks and cleaning up old debt. The emailer said if I wanted my domain back all I’d have to do is swear allegiance to and enlist in the Army of the Internet and the mission, if approved, would go out to the members to see who could fix the problem. The email explained that everybody stared as a private and worked their anonymous way up the ranks by performing missions. Many small efforts were equal to larger corrections using some kind of point scale. Eventually the member gets promoted and can approve their own missions. I don’t believe money changed hands just missions and ranks.
Well I explained that as a military officer I could not take an oath to any organization that did not fall under the constitution and that as a person I admired their ideal but would not swear any allegiance to any anonymous group.
The final email thanked me and said the writer understood and wished me luck. The next time I opened my email all messages incoming and outgoing related to the Army were gone.
In the next week or 10 days I got a call from a domain registry provider in Maryland. She said that the credit card that was used to register and transfer the domain had been reported stolen. As a result, she’d be happy to return the domain to me at no cost. Within 24 hours the domain re-appeared under my original domain registry service still locked down under the 3rd year of a 10 year contract.
All of this worked out pretty good for me because later the social networking website Foursquare bought my domain name Foursquare.Com for a few bucks.
I never heard from the Army again and never heard of anybody who had heard of them, but they might be real and they might be out there doing good or maybe not so good.