A scan (also called a probe) is
A scan is "simply a large number of probes done using an automated tool.
"Scans can sometimes be the result of a misconfiguration or other error, but they are often a prelude to a more directed attack on systems that the intruder has found to be vulnerable."
- ↑ US-CERT,"Security of the Internet" (full-text).
- ↑ Id.
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