Looks like the usenet provider 'Newsdemon
' is up to more shady practices.
They claim they lost a disk with their billing system and lost some customer data/accounts. It just so happens it was the customers who were on $4-$5 monthly Black Friday deals. Newsdemon has in the past been creative in coming up with ways of dumping discounted/block accounts.
The only recourse according to them is to sign up again with full price accounts.
Affected accounts will continue to function until the end of the customers billing cycle.
Most customers won't know something is wrong until their billing cycle passes.
Another usenet provider 'Newsgroupdirect' switched their billing cycle from 30 days to 28.