war-dial

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the 1983 movie Wargames, which featured the practice, war + dial

Verb[edit]

war-dial (third-person singular simple present war-dials, present participle war-dialing, simple past and past participle war-dialed)

  1. To have a computer dial a large number of phone numbers in search of devices for exploitation, such as modems or fax machines.
  2. To engage in a similar activity in another address space, such as IP addresses.