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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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The boys and their dad had fun together Dumpster-diving for the cardboard at their local appliance store.
However, the first stop was undoubtedly the compost pile to check out what kind of chicken dumpster-diving feast might be theirs for the taking.
A reader who already flirts with the idea of food as political action by for example not eating meat or boycotting the fast food chain KFC because of its animal rights record could soon find herself dumpster-diving to reclaim viable produce to feed the hungry buying raw milk from dairy farmers (probably illegal) or swapping seeds with other produce growers (also possibly illegal).
They point out that the policy covers security breaches involving personal information in any format--so claims arising from dumpster-diving might be covered.
Subplots involving Ofka's smartaleck brother-in-law/boss Eda (David Novotny) and goofy, dumpster-diving Ubr's crush on Ofka also fall a bit flat.
I always looked more like a heavily-armed chimney sweep who just competed in the Convenience Store Dumpster-Diving Semi-Finals.
To solve each case, the students used many different techniques and skills, such as interviewing witnesses, legally searching and seizing, "dumpster-diving" for evidence, staking out, tailing suspects and working undercover.
Considering that perpetrators of identity theft use 'dumpster-diving' and 'trash-picking,' digitally rummaging through an improperly secured PC offers a far easier process for their particular brand of larceny.
COUNTRYSIDE: I enjoyed Sherri Penning's astute observation in the last issue, that "other people's trash is often our treasure." Currently, with most of our commonly purchased items being made in the third world countries by poor people who are mistreated and grossly underpaid, it makes moral sense to fine-tune our skills in dumpster-diving, garage sale browsing and thrift store shopping.
They aren't engaged in Dumpster-diving and dead-dropping secret documents as much as they once did.
A Romantic Fable] are the king and queen of Dumpster-diving and making beautiful puppets out of garbage."