News Burst: Jam Echelon Day descends into Spam farce

What was billed as a triumph for cyber activism, Jam Echlelon Day, turned into complete mayhem Thursday when newsgroups and mailing lists were inundated with "subversive" gibberish and random abuse.

A bitter spam and flame-fest ensued, with popular underground culture mailing lists such as Cyberpunks and hacktivism so overloaded with nonsense concerning drugs, bombs, and Iraqi ambassadors -- designed to clog up the semi-mythical Echelon monitoring machine -- that many contributors questioned the co-ordination of the event. Others showed less self control, descending into plain old-fashioned abuse, adding to the overall confusion.

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