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Packet sniffing is

a technique in which attackers surreptitiously insert a software program at remote network switches or host computers. The program monitors information packets as they are sent through networks and sends a copy of the information retrieved to the hacker. By picking up the first 125 keystrokes of a connection, attackers can learn passwords and user identifications, which, in turn, they can use to break into systems.[1]

References Edit

  1. Information Security—Computer Attacks at Department of Defense Pose Increasing Risks: A Report to Congressional Requesters, 13.

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