Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Escalation== As the Meowers spilled over into more newsgroups, some experienced Usenetters placed the word "meow" and names of commonly seen Meowers into personal filters known as killfiles. This would often lead to the practice of "morphing," where some Meowers repeatedly altered their message headers and text so their messages would bypass those filters. Some users attempted to engage the Meowers with threats, complaints or insults. In response, the Meowers used tools like Deja News to find the favorite newsgroups of Usenet posters who criticized them and invade those as well. The Meowers did not restrict their activities to Usenet. Since most Usenet posters generally still used their real electronic mail addresses when posting (e-mail spam had not yet become a major problem), meowers found it easy to flood mail accounts with thousands of nonsense messages, typically via anonymous remailers. The mail messages were often constructed so that they appeared to originate from other people. The mail systems at Boston University and other area colleges were rendered inoperable by one of these floods. Another Meower, or at least a willing co-conspirator of the Meowers, was Grillo the Clown, who insisted that his epic-length crosspostings of obscene surrealist rants were not only performance art, but that they were protected by Grillo's right to free speech. Grillo also maintained that his gibberish was absolutely not off-topic to the subjects of the various newsgroups, and that his postings, however incomprehensible, were his heartfelt and valid statements regarding each of those topics. In yet another series of incidents reported in news sources covering Usenet issues to be caused by Meowers (or, at least, to parties claiming to be such), floods of forged control messages (special articles that are used to control news servers) caused the creation of hundreds of oddly-named newsgroups to appear at many locations. About this time, other Meower incidents included Fluffy the Cat—a parody<ref>[http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?hl=en&lr=&th=4605b606dc66a228 Google Groups<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> of a Harvard student's<ref>[http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?selm=4gbpuh%24re%40decaxp.harvard.edu] </ref> pet<ref>[http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?selm=4msakv%24mbf%40decaxp.HARVARD.EDU] </ref> and self-proclaimed owner of Usenet—announced the creation of news.admin.cascade.<ref>[http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?selm=54bf93%24mc6%40lex.zippo.com]</ref><ref>[http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?selm=Pine.SUN.3.95.961020115151.10298B-100000%40crl.crl.com] </ref> The control flood prompted some Usenet users to adopt digital signatures to verify the authenticity of such messages. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Internet are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://internet.fandom.com/wiki/Meow_Wars"