The Null Device
A division of UUNet, the Internet carrier which seems
to be the source of most of the spam on the Net these days, has been
brought to its
by a flood of spam. More than a million users of Pipex, a British ISP owned and operated by
UUNet, have been unable to receive email for the past week, and have been
told by UUNet to make alternative arrangements (presumably up to and including
finding another ISP?). A UUNet spokesweasel has said that there was a
chance that the spam was sent by accident, and that anyone capable of sending
that much must have had "pretty sophisticated hacking skills" -- a line rapidly
debunked by anti-spam activists, who pointed out that any semiliterate trailer
trash could buy a point-and-grunt program which could spew their spam onto
the Internet by the million.
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