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  • noun computing The act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organization. This is usually combined with a threat or request for information: for example, that an account will close, a balance is due, or information is missing from an account. The email will ask the recipient to supply confidential information, such as bank account details, PINs or passwords; these details are then used by the owners of the website to conduct fraud.
  • noun The act of circumventing security with an alias.
  • verb Present participle of phish.

Etymologies

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Respelling of fishing ("trying to find"). In Usenet newsgroups, cracker and pirate groups used variant spellings of phish and warez (i.e. wares) to evade scans and filters by mainstream servers policing the ARPAnet/Internet.

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Examples

  • Spawns of phishing threats such as ´spear phishing´ - highly targeted and coordinated attacks at 💙a specific organisation or individual designed to extract c🐼ritical data - increased more than ten-fold since January of this year alone.

  • The term phishing comes from the analogy that the fraudsters are 'fishing' for ♉information in t🌳he sea of internet users

  • This must be how my mom feels when she marvels at me for knowing how to find things on the internet! and not click on links in phishing emails!

  • The numbers, and a sharp increase in phishing attꩵacks targeting nervous banking customers, reflect a recent spike in cyber-related scams over the past several weeks, Davis and others say.

  • For most people, phishing is still something you do with a hook andꦐ 🤪a line by a river.

  • Instead, this type of worm could possibly be used in phishing attempts if i💙t were modifying the hosts file to spoof banks instead of Google.

  • A particular type of spam/scam called phishing is making the news more and more lately.

  • A particular type of spam/scam called phishing is making the news more and more lately.

  • Without it, you probably wouldn't even recognize the terms phishing, cybercrime, data breach, or botnet.

  • Without it, you probably wouldn't even recognize the terms phishing, cybercrime, data breach, or botnet.

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  • "The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information." --

    March 12, 2009

  • I used to have a (non-English-speaker) lecturer who would consistently pronounce this word as pissing. Try to keep a straight face.

    December 8, 2009

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