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The Bentinel Obtains VeriSign SiteFinder(tm) Surveys
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WUTGAHL, WA - The VeriSign company met earlier this month with ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee to discuss
its much-maligned SiteFinder(tm) system. During the discussions, the subject of VeriSign's surveys was brought up. Of
particular concern was the wording of the surveys which members of the group suspected may have been weighted in favor of
SiteFinder(tm). VeriSign refused to provide the text of these surveys, stating that the materials were "proprietary". The
Bentinel has obtained copies of three such surveys from a former VeriSign employee. They are reproduced below:
SiteFinder(tm) SurveyTarget demographic: Non-Technical End-Users
Required knowledge: None
Required experience: None
Before asking these questions, show the respondent the screen shots from packet SSNTEU. Point out the $50 bill paper-clipped to the SiteFinder(tm) screenshot. Encourage the user to take the bill, if they wish. Note those accepting the bill in the "preferred SiteFinder(tm)" category. If respondent indicates squeamishness when viewing the mildew stains on the AOL and MSN page screen shots, note this under the category "did not like [AOL/MSN/Other]"
SiteFinder(tm) SurveyTarget demographic: Technical End-Users ("Savvy")
Required knowledge: "E" in "Email" stands for "Electronic" (accept "Electric")
Required experience: Sent/received an email in the past year, has visited yahoo.com at least once in the past year. (Or knows someone who has)
Before asking these questions, point out that the respondent's answers are considered important because of their advanced technical knowledge. Remind them to be totally honest. Take out box marked "Free Palm m505" and place in plain view.
In addition to these surveys, the packet sent to the companies that originally reviewed the SiteFinder(tm) system for Verisign was provided to The Bentinel.
The packet consists of:
The text of the survey is reproduced below:
Thank you for agreeing to assist us in our initial testing of SiteFinder(tm). As promised, please find enclosed our check for $50,000 made out to "Cash". This check will be cancelled before close of business if you do not fax this survey form back to us today. Your identity will be held in the strictest confidence, as we can certainly understand why you might want to keep your fingerprints off this particular "crime scene."
Thank you for your cooperation.
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