Measures taken by Internet service provider UUnet to stop Spam email seem to have pacified protesters, who called off their 'death penalty' on UUnet Usenet traffic on Wednesday night.
An informal group of system administrators, many from other service providers or academic institutions that host newsgroups, began blocking newsgroup postings that arrived via UUnet last week in protest against the volume of Spam - Internet junk mail - sent on by the ISP.
UUnet responded with a list of actions it would take to cut down the Spam, and the boycott was called off. Some estimates say up to 100,000 postings may have been blocked in the first day of the Usenet Death Penalty.
However, the saga may continue, as UUnet says it is considering legal action against what it described as "vigilantes and cyberterrorists".
It maintains that, as an IP reseller, it is not entirely responsible for the traffic that passes through its network from customers.
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