are primarily used on news servers to filter out incoming spam from notorious email addresses.
185) The TOS also prohibit the transmission of content that contains "any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, time bombs, cancelbots
or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information.
Cancelbots search for particular topics and phrases and cancel the entry - often used by political or social adversaries; clonebots steal identities and kick you offline; guardbots monitor for clonebots and cancelbots and stop them.
Annoybots are similar to cancelbots but just post endless streams of annoying content in response to phrases.
So why don't I just write cancelbots and wipe folks who annoy me - say, letter writers - off the Net?
Note to the sarcasm challenged: I have not unleashed a cancelbot or spoofed someone's server and never will.
Meanwhile, over in the Usenet group areas, cancelbots
were launched to wipe
The latest attacks - called cancelbots
- were launched sometime over the weekend from a variety of Internet service providers, including UUNet Technologies in Fairfax, Va.
We can probably all agree that cancelbots
are A Bad Thing, and, in truth, life online isn't as cut and dried.