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smurf /smerf/ n.
1. [from the soc.motss newsgroup on
Usenet, after some obnoxiously gooey cartoon characters] A
newsgroup regular with a habitual style that is irreverent, silly,
and cute. Like many other hackish terms for people, this one
may be praise or insult depending on who uses it. In general,
being referred to as a smurf is probably not going to make your day
unless you've previously adopted the label yourself in a spirit of
irony. Compare old fart. 2. [techspeak] A ping packet
with a forged source address sent to some other network's broadcast
address. All the machines on the destination network will send a ping
response to the forged source address (the victim). This both
overloads the victim's network and hides the location of the attacker.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.