A salami attack is when you take a very small amount of money from an awful lot of accounts. The canonical example is a bank programmer depositing sub-cent amounts of interest in a special account. These rounding errors add up.
I’m trying to find the first actual documented theft or attempted theft using this attack.
I’m hoping that a reader will know, when the first reports of salami attacks came out.
Please comment if you have an idea.
Photo: “Salami & cheese – food heaven,” taken by SanFranAnnie with a Cannon SD400, which is not the camera mentioned in Mordaxus’ post yesterday.
[Update, Jan 5, 2008: Steve Lipner provided me with a cite! Thomas Whiteside, Computer Capers, 1978. The copyright page states that most of the material first appeared in the New Yorker.]