[Ads-l] exfiltrate = infiltrate and take

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Sat Jun 13 21:07:43 UTC 2015

It's not just 'in the news'. It's standard terminology in the IT Security biz (which is currently my primary employment). Documents and other files that have been taken from storage in supposedly secured storage are said to have been exfiltrated. I note that the speller on my email app (Zimbra) doesn't like the word. 


Geoffrey S. Nathan 
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> From: "Benjamin Barrett" <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
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> Subject: exfiltrate = infiltrate and take

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> Both the Oxford Dictionary site and Wiktionary offer pretty much the
> same definition for exfiltrate:

> https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/american_english/exfiltrate
> Withdraw (troops or spies) surreptitiously, especially from a
> dangerous
> position.

> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/exfiltrate
> (military) To withdraw troops surreptitiously from a dangerous
> position

> In the news, a different meaning is being used:
> "Officials say deeply personal information in hackers' hands"
> By Asssociated Press
> http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20150613_Officials_say_deeply_personal_information_in_hackers_hands.html?id=307259821

> =====
> In a statement, the White House said that on June 8, investigators
> concluded there was "a high degree of confidence that ... systems
> containing information related to the background investigations of
> current, former and prospective federal government employees, and
> those
> for whom a federal background investigation was conducted, may have
> been
> exfiltrated."
> =====

> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA

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