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cyber- +‎ crud; coined by American information technologist, philosopher, and sociologist Ted Nelson in Computer Lib (1974).


cybercrud (uncountable)

  1. Computer jargon that serves to obscure and confuse.
    • 2002, Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner, Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World, page 510:
      If the signature is formatted innocuously, it just looks like cybercrud in the mail header to non-crypto-capable recipients.
  2. Any worthless material supplied by or relating to computers.
    • 1989, Personal Computing, volume 13, page 213:
      The headaches of junk mail fiber-crud pale beside the anxieties triggered by vivid multimedia cybercrud, served up on optical disks and communication links.