smurfing

noun

computing the activity of using a specially designed computer program to attack a computer network by flooding it with messages, thereby rendering it inoperable
the activity of laundering money by conducting a large number of small transactions through banks and bureaux de change

Nearby words

  1. smuggle,
  2. smuggler,
  3. smuggling,
  4. smugly,
  5. smur,
  6. smush,
  7. smut,
  8. smutch,
  9. smutchy,
  10. smuts

Word Origin for smurfing

C20: (sense 1) from smurf, the name of the type of computer program used to carry out such attacks

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