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Definitions Edit

Biometrics Edit

A probe is

[t]he biometric sample that is submitted to the biometric system to compare against one or more references in the gallery.[1]

Computer security Edit

A probe (also called network probe) is

any attempt to gather information about an automated information system or its online users.[2]

Overview (Computer security) Edit

"A probe is characterized by unusual attempts to gain access to a system or to discover information about the system. One example is an attempt to log in to an unused account. Probing is the electronic equivalent of testing doorknobs to find an unlocked door for easy entry. Probes are sometimes followed by a more serious security event, but they are often the result of curiosity or confusion."[3]

References Edit

  1. Biometrics Identity Management Agency, Biometrics Glossary, at 30 (Ver. 5) (Oct. 2010) (full-text).
  2. Office of Counterintelligence (DXC), Defense CI & HUMINT Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, "Terms and Definitions of Interest for DoD Counterintelligence Professional," at GL-142 (May 2, 2011) (full-text).
  3. US-CERT,"Security of the Internet" (full-text).

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