Newzbin climbs out of the bin

Usenet source, Newzbin may be headed back to an Internet conection near you.

It may not be the Newzbin of old, although it will look pretty similar if it does tip up, as the source code has made its way into the wild, as we reported earlier.

The code leak may not be an inside job, as a hefty Wordpress backgrounder on the subject makes clear. It appears the code was pilfered some while back and could now be lurking on mutliple servers in multiple locations.

At least one clone is expected to appear soon, according to Arstechnia

The site fell foul of the long arm of dubious law, standing accused of enabling copyright infringement in a London court. The site hosted no content of its own and claimed to simply be a "Google for Usenet." Unlike Google, however, it charged users 30p a week to access its loot.

After a Newzbin admin, Caesium, confirmed that the code had indeed been stolen and was able to verify a sample sent to him by one of the perps, a new message appeared in the inbox of Newzbin account owners on Friday.

"Good news, The missive proclaimed. "We are Newzbin Two, and we have glad tidings: NEWZBIN IS BACK! and we are the new management. The crew got most of the original Newzbin source code and the main databases. We loved it too much to let it die."

As Arse nicely puts it, it looks like the authorities, will be playing a game of Whac-a-Mole, as new incarnations pop up over the nicely-mown lawn they want to make of world wild web.