dumpster diving

/dump'-ster di:'-ving/ 1. Searching refuse outside buildings in the hope of finding confidential data (especially security-compromising) or equipment that either works or can be fixed. A "dumpster" is a "skip" - an open-topped container designed to hold large quantities of rubbish.

Back in AT&T's monopoly days, before paper shredders became common office equipment, phone phreaks used to organise regular dumpster runs. Discarded copies of AT&T internal manuals taught them much. The technique is still rumored to be a favourite of crackers operating against careless targets.

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