Good News Warning!

Tim Skirvin has taken on the task of updating and superceding the PGP Moose. He writes:

        I'm currently finishing up a new version of pgpmoose that both
issues cancels and NoCeMs for unauthenticated Usenet articles in moderated
groups.  It's really meant to supersede your project (in a good way).

        Can I get a link from your pgpmoose page back to my project?

			   - Tim Skirvin (

Many thanks!

The rest of this page hasn't been changed for years...

There is a mailing list for the administrators of cancelling daemons and other interested parties: This is where new moderators should send requests to have the PGP Moose help protect their newsgroups.

Good luck!

The PGP Moose

The aim of the PGP Moose software is to monitor the news postings of moderators of USENET newsgroups, and to automatically cancel forged messages purporting to be approved. This can be extended to the approvals of individual users to automatically cancel messages that appear without having been authorised by the user. This has (obviously) been prompted by the recent spammings and other events.

This software and protocol is designed around cryptographic signatures. The protocol is designed to allow the use of different signature techniques. This implemention assumes the use of PGP signatures, but can be easily modified to use others, such as the Digital Signature Standard. PGP was chosen for its widespread availability around the world.

You can read more detail about it, or download the moderator scripts.

I want to get sites for the PGP Moose checking daemon, and I want to interact closely with such people, so if you want to help in this area, please contact me. The files you need to run the checking daemon are in this tar file.

People running the PGP Moose checking daemon can download the currently running  QUALCOMM configuration files here:

If you have comments, please send them to
Greg Rose (