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packet sniffer

noun phrase

: Packet sniffers—programs, favorite among illegal hackers, that watch packets of data going by and record user names and passwords for later illicit use (1990s+ Computers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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packet sniffer in Technology

networking, tool
A network monitoring tool that captures data packets and decodes them using built-in knowledge of common protocols. Sniffers are used to debug and monitor networking problems.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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