punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

New term I learned - salami slicing

In computer crime, salami slicing is the illegal practice of stealing money repeatedly in extremely small quantities, usually by taking advantage of rounding to the nearest cent (or other monetary unit) in financial transactions.

I knew of the practice, but not the term.

Also, from time to time I tell of a story where a UNIX admin used his almost OCD skills to trace the loss of 75 cents in his program, and discovered a massive computer cracker project. The story is called The Cuckoo's Egg and is worthy of a good read. It was a big deal growing up, because part of the trace came from Mitre, which was in my hometown, McLean.
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