1. a penis
   The common meat2 imagery, from the proprietary brand of processed sweet pork (which is said to taste like human flesh). In many vulgarisms such as spam alley or chasm, the vagina; spam sceptre or javelin, the penis viewed sexually.
   2. the malicious violation of computer security by overloading with messages
   The derivation is uncertain. As noun and verb:
    It has now tracked down a team of internal security specialists, to track down the source of the spam. {Daily Telegraph, 16 January 2001)
    The mass 'spamming'... happened last Wednesday night when more than two million unsolicited messages arrived in UUNet's system at the same time, causing the crash, (ibid.)

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