In response to the first transgression, one user who called himself Cancelmoose
designed computer software to automatically cancel such messages as Canter and Siegel posted.(75) His software was not mobilized, but many netizens sent out SOS messages urging him to deploy the countermeasure.(76) The response of the suppliers of Canter and Siegel's Internet service was swift and final, as they pulled the plug on the massive mailing very shortly after it was detected.(77) Such retribution as Canter and Siegel suffered, both the official acts of the service supplier and the vigilante acts of the angry subscribers, demonstrates that "spamming" of advertisements into Internet newsgroups has become a problem of mammoth proportions.
Again, the CoS disclaimed responsibility, and the anti-Scientology crowd began to refer to this anonymous participant simply as the "Cancelbunny," a tongue-in-cheek reference to both the Energizer bunny and to a well-known Net inhabitant, the Cancelmoose
, who has taken it upon himself (itself?
Net-kooks, Spam Kings and the CancelMoose
. Teenage cypherpunks, the diabolical Backbone Cabal and, scariest of all, a onetime Grateful Dead lyricist living a second life as a libertarian gospel singer.