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Virtually every network has a member of staff known as a system administrator who has the highest level of privileges in the system. For example, he or she is allowed to read, delete, and create files in any part of the system. Superzapping is the name given to the process whereby an unauthorized intruder manages to gain these privileges and use them in a criminal way by, for example, stealing the passwords of the network users. The term is derived from the Superzap program, a utility program developed by IBM which allowed mainframe computer administrators to override normal security measures in order to react to some emergency such as a failed device.

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