An eavesdropper is
- "[a] party that secretly receives communications intended for others."
- "[a] type of attacker that passively observes an initiator's communications without the initiator's knowledge or authorization.
At common law:
|“||eavesdroppers, or such as listen under walls or windows, or the eaves of a house, to hearken after discourse, and thereupon to frame slanderous and mischievous tales, are a common nuisance and presentable at the court-leet; or are indictable at the sessions, and punishable by fine and finding of sureties for [their] good behavior."||”|
- Guidelines for Securing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems, Glossary, at B-1.
- Privacy Considerations for Internet Protocols, at 7.
- 4 Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 169 (1769).