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war dialer

Syllabification: war di·al·er

Definition of war dialer in English:

noun

A program used to find phone numbers that connect to a modem, often used by someone seeking to access the computers of others without permission.
Example sentences
  • Using ‘war dialers,’ Ambersail specializes in tracking down rogue modems, counting some of the world's largest companies and financial institutions among its clients.
  • They are also never recorded as modem answered calls by war dialers or other monitoring systems.
  • The war dialers are programmed to randomly dial the numbers of the phones assembled on the stage.

Derivatives

war dialing

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noun
Example sentences
  • I believe they actually were derived from the term ‘war dialing’, the process of sequentially dialing a range of phone numbers in search of a modem connect tone.
  • Back in the modem days, connection-hungry nerds with time on their hands engaged in war dialing.
  • In that film, war dialing is the act of using a modem attached to a computer to dial an entire exchange of phone numbers to locate any computers with modems attached to them.

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