quote:06/14/04 -- You've Got Post Limited owner/operator of the popular FreeMail, You've Got Post! who recently launched You've Got Dialup! has endured a harrowing 48 hours at the experienced hands of a number of Internet thugs, lead by a small band of GMail users.
The saga began when a Neowin.net user, who goes by the handles "LOC" and "Lord LOC", requested permission to post a message on the forum about YGP's extraordinary offer. YGP offers unlimited Email storage—a free service, which is not supported by ads but instead relies upon the occasional donation of its users. The message first appeared on the forum's "Back Page News" under the title of "[Screw Gmail, etc etc] Youvegotpost 1 TB Webmail, You heard me right".
Amy Jackson, YGP spokesperson, confirmed: "I authorized the posting, although I didn't know the exact contents before they were published and later, LOC was a little slow in telling me where he had promoted our service. Ironically, he said YGP was offering 1TB of Email storage, when in fact, we offer an unlimited service."
Jackson explained this was because the initial storage level set by their system was 1TB, incremental by 1TB, as space was required by user, as if that wasn't enough!
Over the weekend, the FreeMail registrations came rolling in, but then it was discovered that the majority of these new YGP users where coming from another web forum, << filtered for offensive content >> run by Richard Kyanka—where a competing message had been posted.
Participants included a number of Gmail users, who were registering, posting their Email addresses to the forum and then encouraging other visitors to send bulk Emails to these new Email accounts in hopes of damaging the YGP website. Other forum users were also registering YGP Email accounts—in one example, more than 100 addresses were registered by a single user who suggested others should use the Hotmail he created, and others had use of, in order to satisfy the requirements for registration.
Calls, emails and faxes to Google headquarters in Mountain View California, and SomethingAwful, Inc., in Seattle Washington, requesting comment, were not immediately returned.
One forum user [Mine GO BOOM] who had registered "email@example.com" wrote: "Spam me big files, as my email address suggests."
Another, [DAVENULL] wrote: "Haha, this rocks. Send me absurdly large data files at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Paxosmotic] wrote: Why not just keep on going until Amy has a heart attack and dies at the keyboard?"
[Yossarko], a GMail user and forum member registered "email@example.com" and when that account was deleted, he registered "firstname.lastname@example.org" and wrote: "Had to re-register (deleted for GMAIL breaking of TOS), please send me cool ****."
There are hundreds of posted messages, each one boasting of the addresses that were registered by a very small number of forum users, each one encouraging the others to send bulk Email, to "spam the hell out of me...", meaning the Email addresses they had created. One user even suggested that "Amy could make all this go away if she stopped trying to compete with GMail", but the most menacing one of all, [Hammer] wrote: "Holy ****, these guys are assholes, let's **** up their ****."
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