wire·​tap·​per | \ ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌta-pər How to pronounce wiretapper (audio) \

Definition of wiretapper

: one that taps telephone or telegraph wires or signals

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Even with the session key, wiretappers would still need to collect a full copy of the encrypted call, which can be a significant challenge. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s encryption fight will be harder than San Bernardino," 20 Aug. 2018 Rather, as Walter Murch, the film’s sound editor (and crucial collaborator), points out, Coppola chose to focus the entire film on what in a standard thriller would be a minor character, the wiretapper, some guy who drops off the tapes and leaves. Jonathan Kirshner, Slate Magazine, "The Conversation Encapsulated All of Our Nixon-Era Fears," 22 June 2017 Northwest Dance Network SAT Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., dance to music with The Wiretappers, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-781-1238 or nwdance.net). Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more," 4 May 2017 No, the first single from Calexico’s newest effort Carried to Dust, out September 2 from Quarterstick Records, is more interested in codebreakers, wiretappers, airplane graveyards and other postmodern metaphors. Scott Thill, WIRED, "Video: Calexico’s Desert Noir Turns Plaid," 15 Aug. 2008 Not surprising, then, that tech-minded people would have a connection with the NSA, the nation's largest agency of defense and anti-terrorism codebreakers and wiretappers. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, "The NSA in Augusta? Reality Winner’s arrest shines spotlight on agency’s Georgia presence," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of wiretapper

1891, in the meaning defined above

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