packet sniffing - definition and synonyms

noun computing

or packet analysis

  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the process of capturing data passed over a local network and looking for any information that may be useful, for example in order to diagnose problems or find out which websites a user is accessing

    A “computer network experttold the Telegraph that the Beeb might be deploying a modified version of a tactic known as “packet sniffing”, which looks at the nature of data passing through Wi-Fi networks without actually intercepting it.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/08/2016