Spammers have recently attacked several genealogy newsgroups,
intending to hijack them.
I've noticed a sharp incease in spam in soc.genealogy.ireland and
Spammers who hijack a newsgroup flood it with spam and drive out the
regular users who find that 99% of the messages are off-topic
spam.They have done this with soc.history, posting message welcoming
people to the local dating group for Mobile, Alabama, or some other
town in the USA. It's a bit counterproductive, though, because, having
driven all the regular users out, there's bno one left to read their
spam except other spammers.
But one of the lessons to learn is, use it or lose it.
If people don't use the newsgroups enough, it's like an empty house,
and the squatters move in.