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eavesdropping

Secretly gaining unauthorized access to confidential communications. Examples include listening to radio transmissions or using laser interferometers to reconstitute conversations by reflecting laser beams off windows that are vibrating in synchrony to the sound in the room. See wiretapping.
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Eavesdropping

See also Curiosity, Voyeurism.
Andret
eavesdrops through keyhole on Tristan and Isolde’s conversation. [Arthurian Legend: Walsh Classical, 22]
Polonius
lurking behind arras, he is killed accidentally by Hamlet. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Pry, Paul
inquisitive, meddlesome character who “eavesdrops on everyone.” [Br. Drama: Paul Pry, Payton, 514]
Rumpelstiltskin
his name overheard by queen’s messenger, allowing spell to be broken. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 19]
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The eaves dropping nodes are not synchronize with one another and no collisions between them and inject active attacks in various clusters.
Restoration of distorted and violated trust is abruptly needed.This eaves dropping and espionage must be stopped to get rid of embarrassment.
Al Wefaq bloc, which originally proposed taking up the matter with the Constitutional Court, voiced fears that eaves dropping could happen in the future as records would become an open book.