Is-Not-My-Name Nymserver


Welcome to the homepage of the Is-Not-My-Name Nymserver. The following pages will walk you through how to create, use and maintain a pseudonym account on this service.


In order to create and use your Nym, you're going to need a reasonably good understanding of either PGP or GnuPG. Good enough that is to create a key and sign/encrypt messages. Some understanding of how email messages are formatted would also be useful.


Currently two domains are supported:-
All addresses and keys must reside in one of them. For these instructions I'll use @domain to imply one or the other.

Creating a Nym

That's it! The Nymserver decrypts the message, extracts your Nym's email address from the supplied Public Key and processes it. Providing the Nym isn't reserved or alreadly allocated, you will receive a confirmation message from the Nymserver, encrypted to your key.

It's worth noting that this is the only message the server will ever accept from you that's not signed by your key. From now on, your digital signature will prove your ownership of the Nym.

Receiving Messages for your Nym

Unlike a normal email account, messages for your Nym aren't delivered to you personally. Instead they are delivered to a common mailbox that you share with many other users of anonymity systems. This shared mailbox serves to delink incoming messages with their actual recipient.

The shared mailbox comes in the shape of a Usenet group called alt.anonymous.messages. In order to find your messages within this group, you'll need to download the entire content of the group and then attempt to decrypt all the messages in it. If the decryption succeeds, the message is your own.
Need to explain how to download and attempt to decrypt messages.

In addition to messages sent to your Nym by other users, you'll also receive information messages from the Nymserver about your configuration requests. Wherever possible the server will inform you about issues with your Nym or the changes you attempt to make to it. Once your key has been received by the server, it has the capability to send you encrypted messages.

Sending messages from your Nym

Of course you can send messages by many means and just set the From header to that of your Nym. Whilst this works, it's not at all anonymous! You can use the Remailer Network to send the messages (and you certainly should) but many remailers will not allow you to use a specific From header.

To overcome this issue, you can send your message through the Remailer Network to the Nymserver. Here are the steps to achieve this.

Nymserver PGP Key

The Key for and can be obtained from here
The key can be verified against a detached signature for

The command to verify a detached signature is:
gpg --verify key.admin.sig key.asc

URL Retrieval

Slightly disconnected in functionality from the Nymserver, also provides a means to anonymously retrieve an HTML page. To do so, a correctly formatted messages must be sent to The format is as follows:
HSUB myhsub
KEY symmetric_key
Where: Finally, the request should be encrypted to and sent, preferrably via anonymous means, such as the Mixmaster Remailer network.
Messages received in plain text will be discarded.