- "Diving" in the term refers to putting one's hands into the dumpster (other receptacle storing discarded items) rather than one's whole body.
- Alternative spelling of dumpster diving.
dumpster diving - Computer Definition
From the IT perspective, it refers to looking in a physical trash can for paper documents that contain account numbers and passwords. It also refers to searching the electronic trash cans and recycle bins in users' computers for sensitive and private data. See social engineering.