[mailhist-discuss] Question #2 for my story

Jack Haverty jack at 3kitty.org
Fri Mar 20 21:03:36 PDT 2015

You're right, it's not a mid-90s consumer market scenario.  But I'm
assuming that the husband is somewhat of a geek, since the typical
consumer wouldn't have a clue how to hack into an account.   If he could
conceivably hack an AOL account to steal mail, he's not a typical consumer.

I'm fuzzy on the timing, but weren't LANs with various servers (e.g.,
one with a dial-out modem) in use in the mid 90s, especially in small
office environments (e.g., Netware LANs, Banyan Vines, etc.)?   Such
LANs often had a server with dial-out capability(a modem) to connect to
the Internet (whatever that meant), etc.  If the husband worked at such
a company, he, or the company he worked for, might have put such a LAN
into his home.


On 03/20/2015 06:10 PM, Dave Crocker wrote:
> On 3/20/2015 4:57 PM, Jack Haverty wrote:
>> If your story line can put the family's computers on a home LAN, the
>> scenario you seek was plausible back then.   No need to hack into an
>> external account, you can do it all on your home LAN.  Perhaps the AOL
>> account is accessed through the home LAN gateway, using its modem for
>> dialing in to AOL.   At least that's what would *appear* to be happening.
> 1.  Home LAN in 1994???  Technologically feasible, of course, but not a
> plausible consumer market scenario, IMO.
> 2.  AOL was access by dial-up modems, in those days.
>>> I wonder if this would still work....it's only been about 30 years...
> And, of course, LAN network implementations have gotten /much/ better
> protections mechansisms since then...
> d/

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