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Chernobyl packet
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/cher-noh'b*l pak'*t/ A network packet that induces a
broadcast storm and/or network meltdown, in memory of the
April 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine. The
typical scenario involves an IP Ethernet datagram that passes
through a gateway with both source and destination Ether and
IP address set as the respective broadcast addresses for the
subnetworks being gated between. Compare Christmas treepacket.