Computer security experts have contributed a great many things to human society in recent years, most of which are quite positive, some of which are less so. One of the lesser-known entries on the negative side of CompSec ledger — at least according to linguists — is medireview. The word didn't really exist until computer security willed it into being, largely through a rather clumsy application of email protection.
Believe it or not, there's actually a formal computer security term for these types of sorting issues involving dangerous plaintext words. It's named after an English township that famously ran afoul of some early online profanity filters.
WHAT SMALL ENGLISH TOWN IS INFAMOUS FOR ITS ROLE IN TESTING EARLY PROFANITY FILTERS?Get the answer.
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