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mail bomb

noun
2.
Also called e-mail bomb. a very large number of e-mails sent to a single e-mail address or computer network, usually causing a server or system crash.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
Also, mail-bomb. to send a mail bomb to (an e-mail address or computer network).
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for mail bomb
  • mail bomb: any bomb that is sent through the postal service in a letter or package.
mail bomb in Technology
messaging
To send, or urge others to send, massive amounts of electronic mail to a single system or person, with intent to crash or spam the recipient's system. A successful mail bomb may cause the victim's disk quota to be exhausted, the disk holding his mailbox to fill up, or his computer to spend a large proportion of its time processing mail.
Mail-bombing is sometimes done in retaliation against someone persistently abusing Usenet and violating netiquette. While it may inconvenience the intended victim (if they gave their real address), it will probably also inconvenience other users and administrators of the computers and networks involved. Mailbombing is thus a serious offense itself.
See netiquette for the correct way to respond to perceived violations.
Compare letterbomb, nastygram.
[Jargon File]
(1995-04-04)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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