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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    For someone to be able to conflate user dribble on a BBS with CC data or anything else of real value is certainly a stretch, at the least. IMO, it would be way more work to do this than to just extract and cash in on the actual CC data itself!
    I have no idea, since I'm not in the racket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziloo View Post
    Is there any practical use for a BBS today?
    It depends on what you mean by "BBS"... we could certainly run something that functioned very much like a BBS over telnet or ssh. Some people I think still do that. Once you've connected yourself to the Internet though, you have a slippery slope, with your BBS eventually turning into a forum.

    As far as an old POTS modem BBS, I don't see any practical use. Yes, you could achieve some degree of intrusion prevention by physically disconnecting yourself from the internet, but a hypothetical intruder could still reach you through the modem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smbaker View Post
    It depends on what you mean by "BBS"... we could certainly run something that functioned very much like a BBS over telnet or ssh. Some people I think still do that. Once you've connected yourself to the Internet though, you have a slippery slope, with your BBS eventually turning into a forum.
    If you're talking about messaging, then IRC seems to be pretty close to multi-user BBS chat. For file storage, I'd say that ftp is pretty close to BBS file sections.

    Non-chat BBS messaging seems akin to email.

    In short, the capabilities are there; we've just given them (new) names, historically speaking.

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    The Government were big users of BBS's in the past, not sure how prevalent these days, but I know they use to use MajorBBS / WorldGroup on many of them.

    Here is a list of Government BBS's that hasn't been updated in a zillion years.

    https://www.scribd.com/document/1000...nt-BBS-Numbers

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