= N =
[Usenet] The newsgroups news.admin.net-abuse.*,
devoted to fighting spam and network abuse. Each individual
newsgroup is often referred to by adding a letter to NANA. For
example, NANAU would refer to news.admin.net-abuse.usenet.
When spam began to be a serious problem around 1995, and a loose
network of anti-spammers formed to combat it, spammers immediately
accused them of being the backbone cabal, or the Cabal reborn.
Though this was not true, spam-fighters ironically accepted the
label and the tag line "There is No Cabal" reappeared (later, and
now commonly, abbreviated to "TINC"). Nowadays "the Cabal" is
generally understood to refer to the NANA regulars.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.