Saturday, April 21, 2007

Word of the day: exfiltrate

Here's the definition.
–verb (used without object)
1. to escape furtively from an area under enemy control.
–verb (used with object)
2. to smuggle (military personnel) out of an area under enemy control.
I just heard the word used (with an object) to refer to the unauthorized sending of information out of a computer—or more generally out of an organization—e.g., by spyware.
The worm infiltrated the corporate IT system and then exfiltrated the company's personal records.

1 comment:

Dale said...

How about: ¨the smoker frustrated with insufficient nicotine levels infiltrated the tobacco store and then exfiltrated the cigarettes¨?