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("Quid coniuratio est?")
As if pornographers lurking everywhere on the Internet wasn't enough, now we have saboteurs attacking the news groups! Oh Donna Rice, save us from saboteurs!
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news.shout.net is temporarily refusing new news articles, and attempting to post may result in an error message. We've tracked the problem down to an attempt to sabotage the alt news hierarchy. The attack originated somewhere else on the net, and probably affected many other news servers.
Now that we've identified the problem, the repair, which is being applied now, may take several hours to complete. We expect news service to be restored by 7:00 PM.
Our news server is programmed to reject any attempts to manipulate the news database from any but one of the top level hub news servers. In this case the control data appeared to be legitimate traffic. We're sorry about the inconvenience and are working to restore normal operation as quickly as possible.
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