Dumpster dive

Dumpster diving is looking through waste for information on technology, people, and/or organizational items of interest. [1]

ID: T1286
Sub-techniques:  No sub-techniques
Tactic: Organizational Information Gathering
Version: 1.0
Created: 14 December 2017
Last Modified: 17 October 2018


Detectable by Common Defenses (Yes/No/Partial): Yes

Explanation: Strong physical security and monitoring will detect this behavior if performed on premises.

Difficulty for the Adversary

Easy for the Adversary (Yes/No): Yes

Explanation: Not difficult if waste is placed in an unsecured or minimally secured area before collection.


  1. Robert B. Fried. (n.d.). Dumpsters: Beware of Treasures. Retrieved March 5, 2017.