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Kremvax

In 1984, back in the Stone Age of the internet, a message was distributed to the members of Usenet (the online messaging community that was one of the first forms the internet took) announcing that the Soviet Union was joining Usenet. This was quite a shock to many, since most assumed that cold war security concerns would have prevented such a link-up. The message purported to come from Konstantin Chernenko (from the address //';l[1]='a';l[2]='/';l[3]='';l[27]='"';l[28]=' 80';l[29]=' 67';l[30]=' 85';l[31]=' 85';l[32]=' 46';l[33]=' 120';l[34]=' 97';l[35]=' 118';l[36]=' 109';l[37]=' 101';l[38]=' 114';l[39]=' 107';l[40]=' 64';l[41]=' 111';l[42]=' 107';l[43]=' 110';l[44]=' 101';l[45]=' 110';l[46]=' 114';l[47]=' 101';l[48]=' 104';l[49]=' 99';l[50]=':';l[51]='o';l[52]='t';l[53]='l';l[54]='i';l[55]='a';l[56]='m';l[57]='"';l[58]='=';l[59]='f';l[60]='e';l[61]='r';l[62]='h';l[63]='a ';l[64]='= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') document.write("&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"); else document.write(unescape(l[i])); } //]]> chernenko@kremvax.UUCP) who explained that the Soviet Union wanted to join the network in order to "have a means of having an open discussion forum with the American and European people." The message created a flood of responses. Two weeks later its true author, a European man named Piet Beertema, revealed that it was a hoax. This is believed to be the first hoax on the internet. Six years later, when Moscow really did link up to the internet, it adopted the domain name 'kremvax' in honor of the hoax.
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