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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[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
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.
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