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2002 Tech Tip: Email Bombing and Spamming

  • January 2002
  • This tech tip describes email bombing and spamming.
  • Publisher: CERT Division
  • Abstract

    Email bombing is characterized by abusers repeatedly sending an email message to a particular address at a specific victim site. In many instances, the messages will be large and constructed from meaningless data in an effort to consume additional system and network resources. Multiple accounts at the target site may be abused, increasing the denial of service impact.

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