Did XOOM even stop to think about the Homeless People?

Theodore Latham (tedrico@hotmail.com)
Sun, 02 Aug 1998 03:32:11 PDT

Dear Xoom,

    I received your reply below Friday afternoon. I was expecting one 
directed to me and not to whomever Joey is. I'm very disappointed in 
XOOM! Tedrico's Page has been down for 60 hours now!! Did XOOM even stop 
to think about the Homeless People? HELL NO!! That's why my e-mail boxes 
are loaded down with "Where is Tedrico's Page" messages. You didn't 
contact me before you deleted my site and you haven't respond to any of 
my e-mails. The lawsuit won't be a mere threat anymore if I don't hear 
from you by the time you've walked in your office Monday morning and 
checked your e-mail. And to think I supported and helped promote your 
services to my many site visitors and all throughout my newsletters 
which reaches thousands bi-weekly. Is this the thanks I get? Whatever 
problem that existed on Tedrico's Page could have instantaneously been 
remove, resolved, or whatever, from just a simple e-mail from you 
telling me what needs to be done. But instead, you delete an important, 
much needed, and highly used resource tool for the homeless without so 
much as a warning and still no explaination as to why!

    What about the Homeless People who surf the net in the public 
libraries in hopes of finding local helpful resources in between morning 
shelter closings, noon time soup kitchen feedings, and evening 
shelter/mission checkins & signups. Did you not think about these 
people? They walk right past your door in the Tenderloin district of San 
Francisco, everyday enroute to St. Anthony's and Glide and GAP and the 
various drop-in centers that surround the building you operate out of. I 
use to panhandle across the street from you. And Tedrico's Page even 
offers something for the Panhandlers!! I've contacted my lawyer and 
around noon time Monday, if I haven't heard from you and Tedrico's Page 
is not restored, then I'll see you IN COURT!!! I'm a peaceful person and 
would normally write less antagonistic and crude letters, but you guys 
were highly antagonistic and crude by deleting one of the most important 
Homelessness Resource Link website on the WWW without saying one word 


Tedrico Latham

Your Informative Homelessness Resource Link!
P.O. Box 514 Rich Square, NC 27869 (252)539-4228

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>From: "Abuse@Xoom.com" <abuse@xoom.com>
>To: "Theodore Latham" <tedrico@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: Found something WEIRD in my Server Log!
>Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 09:44:58 +0100
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>Uhhh!  Joey check this out!  Is it cool for one of our members to be 
able to
>do this?  Also this situation is getting out of hand.  One guy 
>lawsuit to have this site removed will now he is getting pissed and 
knows he
>has been removed.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Theodore Latham <tedrico@hotmail.com>
>To: abuse@xoom.com <abuse@xoom.com>
>Date: Friday, July 31, 1998 10:01 AM
>Subject: Found something WEIRD in my Server Log!
>>Dear Xoom Webmaster,
>>    This is Tedrico Latham, webmaster of Tedrico's Page Homeless
>>Resource Links page again and I'm sure I'm no stranger to you. This is
>>probably my 13th time writing you in the near 5 months time I've been
>>hosted by XOOM. This letter, however is not the typical 'MY SERVER IS
>>DOWN' letter that I'm use to sending you each month. I'm writing this
>>time cause I'm no dummy and I found this entry in my server log this
>>morning at 4AM [EST]:
>>host048.xoom.com - - [30/Jul/1998:18:01:45 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200
>>54 "http://logger.xoom.com/viewer/tedrico" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;
>>MSIE 4.0; Windows NT)"
>>host048.xoom.com - - [30/Jul/1998:18:01:48 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200
>>54 "JavaScriptTurnedOff" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.0; Windows
>>host048.xoom.com - - [30/Jul/1998:18:03:10 +0000] "GET /index.html
>>HTTP/1.0" 200 54 
>>"Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.0; Windows NT)"
>>host048.xoom.com - - [30/Jul/1998:18:03:10 +0000] "GET /index.html
>>HTTP/1.0" 200 54 "JavaScriptTurnedOff" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE
>>4.0; Windows NT)"
>>host048.xoom.com - - [30/Jul/1998:18:03:20 +0000] "GET /survey.html
>>HTTP/1.0" 200 54 "userTypedInURL" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.0;
>>Windows NT)"
>>     which when I checked to see where the referring URL led to it 
>>me to this page:
>>     which had the following information listed on it:
>>x-ray: 2:No such file or directory on line 11
>>x-ray: No current directory pointer - call opendir() first on line 12
>>$FILE = readdir();
>>     So when I began to back track to the root I stumbled across a 
>>OUT form located at:
>>     So quite naturally I checked to see if my site had been hacked 
>>low and behold I wound up being referred to the following URL each 
>>     So then I went in Unix and attempted to access my server via FTP
>>and I kept receiving:
>>530 Login Incorrect!! Login Failure!! Error
>>     And thus my server log tells me my site has been down for 10
>>straight hours now. So then I checked out the 1st URL in the server 
>>     and ran across this:
>>XOOM Member Admin Utility
>>        Administrator: Logger
>>        Member tedrico (new window) has been locked out.
>>        FTP: None. The member's directory has been purged.
>>        Password: estevez
>>        "Real" Name: Tedrico Latham  "E-Mail": tedrico@hotmail.com
>>    Now I don't think I was hacked but instead that my website has 
>>deleted and I'd like to know WHY!!! And how come I was not contacted?
>>And how may I appeal whatever it was that you or someone else purged 
>>site from XOOM for? I eagerly await your response!
>>Tedrico Latham
>>Your Informative Homelessness Resource Link!
>>P.O. Box 514 Rich Square, NC 27869 (252)539-4228
>>Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

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