Corporate spies and dumpster diving

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Why do corporate spies still dumpster dive? Here’s a list of what they are looking for and why:

Company Phone books

Can give a hacker names and numbers of people to target and impersonate.

Organizational charts

Contain information about people who are in positions of authority within the organization.

Memos

Provide small amounts of useful information for creating authentic looking fake memos.

Policy manuals

Show hackers how secure and insecure a company really is.

Calendars

Can tell a corporate spy which employees are out of town at a particular time.

System manuals

Sensitive data and other sources of technical information may give a hacker the exact information he needs  to access the network.

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