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the screensaver and found that a number were completely knocked offline. thedowning of the sites could dent lycos claims that what it is doing does not amountto a distributed denial of service attack. in such attacks thousands of computersbombard sites with data in an attempt to overwhelm them. laws in many countriesdonot explicitly outlaw such attacks but many nations are re-drafting computer uselaws to make them specific offences. lycos europe now appears to have put theplanon hold. the site hosting the screensaver currently shows a holding page with thewords stay tuned . the numerical internet address of the site has also changed.this is likely to be in response to spammers who have reportedly redirected trafficfrom their sites back to the lycos screensaver site. the campaign has come underfire from some corners of the web. many discussion groups have said that it set adangerous precedent and could incite vigilantism. attacking a spammer s websiteis

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