It's new to me:

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jun 17 18:21:14 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> "Anonymous hacker-group LulzSec has begun to harness the power of the
> crowd in their latest _griefing_ attempts."

Back in Jan. '05, Grant Barrett defined "griefer" as 'an online game
player who willfully and habitually disrupts game play' (with cites
back to '00):

As Paul McFedries notes, it's been generalized to 'a person who causes
mischief or disruption online':


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