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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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He has developed an amazing new Robot that works on a unique power source all from parts he found while dumpster diving.
Photos Holden saved of Horowitz Dumpster diving show him smelling and inspecting tank-tops and sweaters he discovered in the trash.
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If you catch him dumpster diving, calmly remove him from the situation, offer him a tempting alternative to what he's chewing on (so you can safely get the object away from him without a tug-of-war), and clean up the mess.
Not bad for a place built out of second-hand two-by-fours, old tin, and other items scavenged during Orrison's dumpster diving expeditions while at Ole Miss.