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bacterium
A program that attempts to propagate itself by e-mailing a copy of itself to e-mail addresses found on a recipient's hard drive. This is done without the consent or knowledge of the recipient. Note: In many cases, this type of program does not attempt to cause any direct damage to user's system, but rather attempts to overload the e-mail distribution system, much as a successful chain letter would do to the postal system. Synonym [in cryptosystems] chain letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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