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A dictionary attack is
|“||a procedure for obtaining a valid email addresses for spamming users, by using computer software to create large numbers of possible e-mail addresses out of combinations of letters, words, and numbers, hoping to find a valid email address.||”|
|“||[a]n attempt to gain access to an IS by guessing a user's password, using software that systematically enters words in a dictionary as passwords until a match is found.||”|
- ↑ Practices for Securing Critical Information Assets, Glossary, at 53.