(en) Spam Wars

Stefan Merten (merten@dfki.uni-kl.de)
Thu, 07 Aug 1997 10:41:52 +0200

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Edupage, 5 August 1997.

SPAM WARS A group of system administrators has decided to fight the "spam" problem (mass-distributed unsolicited advertisements sent inappropriately) by blocking all Usenet messages postings sent from UUNet, a major Internet service provider. Both sides in the controversy are describing the conflict in terms of warfare. The Electronic Freedom Foundation's legal counsel, Mike Godwin, deplores the blockade as an example of "vigilante action," and says: "I'm very much in sympathy because spam really has become an enormous problem, but not all the messages they're blocking are spam. This is like dropping a nuclear bomb on a town because you know there's a terrorist living there." Whereas Dennis McClain-Furman, a spokesman for the group that organized the blocking of all postings to Usenet from UUNet, says: "We are convinced this action was necessary to save the Net... In military terms, this is acceptable collateral damage." (San Jose Mercury News 5 Aug 97)

Edupage is written by John Gehl <gehl@educom.edu> & Suzanne Douglas <douglas@educom.edu>. Telephone: 404-371-1853

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Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 14:53:39 +0200 To: fiff-l@dia.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de From: "Ralf E. Streibl" <res@informatik.uni-bremen.de>

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