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mail bomb

(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.

mail bomb

A huge number of email messages sent to one destination or an email with an extremely large attached file. Mail bombs are sent to antagonize their recipients and/or to cause them problems by filling up their disks and overloading the system. See spam and letter bomb.
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Passwords are not required to make a mail bomb work.
DUBAI: Airlines in the United Arab Emirates say they have stopped carrying cargo from Yemen as a precaution following the discovery of two mail bombs shipped as air freight.
The official also disclosed that both mail bombs, one recovered in Dubai and the other in Britain last Friday, were wired to detonators that used cell phone technology.
A mail bomb intercepted last month at an English airport was timed to explode over the east coast of the US, according to UK police.
whether the suspicious packages were a dry run for a mail bomb plot.
A suspected mail bomb hidden in a newspaper detonated in the British Embassy in Croatia yesterday, injuring a local worker, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
The problem was that the packages were unexpected and were generically addressed to "The Principal." Generic titles can be one indicator of a mail bomb, according to USPS materials.
In total, he was convicted of two murders; two attempted murders of a Hebrew Univesrity professor and a Jewish teenager in the Ariel settlement who was injured when Tytell sent him a mail bomb; assault with intent, illegal manufacturing and possession of firearms; and incitement of violence and terrorism, Haaretz reported.
This latest incident came just a week after a mail bomb detonated at the vast licensing centre, injuring four staff.
While that probably isn't enough information to go on, those are three signs that a company might have a mail bomb on its hands.
New details about the devices came as the four-day mail bomb scare spread nationwide, drawing investigators from dozens of federal, state and local agencies in the effort to identify one or more perpetrators.
30 (ANI): A huge transatlantic terror investigation is under way after a suspected mail bomb plot was smashed when a device was found on a jet at a British airport.