Going through someone else's trash looking for something valuable
. Usually, this is done at corporate
offices, in hope of getting confidential papers. Back in the day
, phone phreakers
would go "trashing" at Bell
central offices, looking for disgarded switching system
manuals, technical papers
, or anything else that might help them pull off the next great hack
against the phone company.
More recently, Oracle
employees have been accused of trashing
the offices of pro-microsoft
lobbying groups. Most high-tech companies now use paper shredder
s or a secure trash service
to combat this sort of activity.