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dumpster diving

/dump'-ster di:'-ving/ 1. The practice of sifting refuse from an office or technical installation to extract confidential data, especially security-compromising information ("dumpster" is an Americanism for what is elsewhere called a "skip"). Back in AT&T's monopoly days, before paper shredders became common office equipment, phone phreaks (see phreaking) used to organise regular dumpster runs against phone company plants and offices. Discarded and damaged copies of AT&T internal manuals taught them much. The technique is still rumored to be a favourite of crackers operating against careless targets.

2. The practice of raiding the dumpsters behind buildings where producers and/or consumers of high-tech equipment are located, with the expectation (usually justified) of finding discarded but still-valuable equipment to be nursed back to health in some hacker's den. Experienced dumpster-divers not infrequently accumulate basements full of moldering (but still potentially useful) cruft.

dumpster diving

From the IT perspective, it refers to looking in a physical trash can for paper documents that contain account numbers and passwords. It also refers to searching the electronic trash cans and recycle bins in users' computers for sensitive and private data. See social engineering.
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By conducting both surveillance and dumpster-diving, your investigative team might find proof that the defendant has destroyed evidence of copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, or tortious interference, for example.
Next, the court found that the investigator was not credible when he testified that he conducted dumpster-diving at only one Disney location, and even if that testimony had been credible, the dumpsters at that location were "on private property, not on a street curb as occurs on trash-collection days in residential neighborhoods.
Whether it's a dumpster-diving cub or a home-invading adult, Searles will be there to answer every panicked call.
I've been treated to dances in Mexico, a wedding reception in Vietnam, a California tutorial in Dumpster-diving.
In doing so, I'd offered a few humorous pokes about the couple not using toilet paper (they prefer a bidet), moistening their compost pile with their own urine and Dumpster-diving for leftover food.
Whether it's a dumpster-diving cub or a home-invading adult, the "Bear Whisperer" will be there to answer every panicked call.
For nearly three years, she survived by panhandling, Dumpster-diving and hitch hiking.
And so I'm Dumpster-diving at 3 in the morning to save what we can of the guy's materials.
On the opposite end of the Dumpster-diving spectrum, fortunately for archivists, materials sometimes simply fall into their laps.
One count of dumpster-diving like a three-month-old startup -- One count of behavior unbecoming a man whose net worth has exceeded Bill Gates', and according to a June 30 article in The Express, equals the combined GDPs of Latvia, Estonia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.