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packet sniffer
1. A dedicated device designed for the purpose of monitoring network traffic in order to recognize and decode certain packets of interest. 2. A software package that enables a general-purpose computer to recognize and decode certain packets of interest. [After 2382-pt.35] Note: The packet sniffer is normally used by system administrators for network management and diagnostics, but is occasionally used by hackers for illicit purposes such as stealing a user's password or credit-card number. [2382-pt.35] 3. In INFOSEC, synonym yysniffer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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