The Null Device

Poetic justice? 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 knees 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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