Thumb Sucking is a Security Breach

If you’re a thumb sucker you could be in trouble. No, I’m not talking about shoving one of your digits in your mouth and sucking on it. I’m talking about stealing corporate data by transferring it to a thumb drive.

Security vendors like Senforce, who coined the phrase “Thumb Sucking” are coming up with some unique ways to identify security threats.

The vendors aren’t the only ones to coin new phrases though. Hackers have joined the game. A few terms hackers have created are:

all-elbows /adj./
[MS-DOS] Of a TSR (terminate-and-stay-resident) IBM PC program, such as the @Math{N} pop-up calendar and calculator utilities that circulate on BBS systems: unsociable. Used to describe a program that rudely steals the resources that it needs without considering that other TSRs may also be resident. One particularly common form of rudeness is lock-up due to programs fighting over the keyboard interrupt. See rude, also mess-dos.

angry fruit salad /n./
A bad visual-interface design that uses too many colors. (This term derives, of course, from the bizarre day-glo colors found in canned fruit salad.) Too often one sees similar effects from interface designers using color window systems such as X; there is a tendency to create displays that are flashy and attention-getting but uncomfortable for long-term use.

person of no account /n./

[University of California at Santa Cruz] Used when referring to a person with no network address, frequently to forestall confusion. Most often as part of an introduction: “This is Bill, a person of no account, but he used to be”. Compare return from the dead.

wank /wangk/ /n.,v.,adj./
[Columbia University: prob. by mutation from Commonwealth slang /v./ `wank’, to masturbate] Used much as hack is elsewhere, as a noun denoting a clever technique or person or the result of such cleverness. May describe (negatively) the act of hacking for hacking’s sake (“Quit wanking, let’s go get supper!”) or (more positively) a wizard. Adj. `wanky’ describes something particularly clever (a person, program, or algorithm). Conversations can also get wanky when there are too many wanks involved. This excess wankiness is signalled by an overload of the `wankometer’ (compare bogometer). When the wankometer overloads, the conversation’s subject must be changed, or all non-wanks will leave. Compare `neep-neeping’ (under neep-neep). Usage: U.S. only. In Britain and the Commonwealth this word is extremely rude and is best avoided unless one intends to give offense.

You can see the rest of the list by checking out The New Hacker’s Dictionary.


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