letter bomb

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letter bomb

An email or word processing document that contains active code intended to cause damage to the recipient's computer such as erasing the hard disk. See macro virus and mail bomb.
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Echelon, the worldwide intelligence network run by the United States and its English-speaking allies, automatically monitors phone calls, faxes, and e-mails by comparing them against a list of suspicious keywords like mailbomb and rebels.
We have seen successful mailbomb attacks on Nato's homepage (when a big number of e-mails sent at the same time causes overheating and eventually a break down), and numerous attempts at hacking into and implementing viruses on to the Nato server have been fought off by the security systems.
The mailbomb that almost killed David Gelernter in June of 1993, courtesy of the Unabomber, left him with physical injuries and a sense of moral outrage and obligation which he shares with us in this book.