Earlier this week, when news started to spread that Lycos Europe was telling people to download screensavers that would constantly hit sites accused of being spam servers with data, the company (and some in our own comments) defended the practice, claiming that it wasn't a distributed denial of service attack, because service would be allowed... just much more slowly. They claimed they would monitor the situation to make sure no sites were taken offline. Apparently, that monitoring hasn't worked so well, because two sites have already been taken offline by the program. While I have no problem with spam sites being shut down for violating laws or terms of service, this is not the method to use for that. There's no recourse, and Lycos is acting as judge, jury and executioner -- without any real proof of who's guilty. There are simply too many sites that have been falsely accused of spamming, as well as too many innocent bystanders who share a server with a spammer without realizing it, to expect that this project won't adversely impact many innocent site owners.
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