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phish

 (fĭsh)
intr.v. phished, phish·ing, phish·es
To request confidential information over the Internet under false pretenses in order to fraudulently obtain credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal data.

[Alteration (influenced by phreak) of fish.]

phishing

(ˈfɪʃɪŋ)
n
(Telecommunications) the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft
[C21: from fishing in the sense of catching the unwary by offering bait; computer-hacker slang often replaces f with ph]

phishing

A method of committing fraud by sending emails to the customers of a legitimate online business, such as a bank, that pretend to be from that business and ask for information such as account numbers or passwords.
Translations

phishing

[ˈfɪʃɪŋ] N (Internet) → phishing m

phishing

n (Internet) → Phishing nt
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SurfControl submitted fake information to the phisher to examine the method employed by the scammers.
Meanwhile, victims are hooked and the phisher uses the information to purchase goods, apply for new credit cards or steal their identity.
ScamBlocker blocks users from accessing known or suspected phisher sites and redirects them to an EarthLink generated Web page that provides additional information about phishers and similar online scams, and what actions subscribers can take to further protect themselves from online fraud.
Users are stopped from accessing known or suspected phisher sites and are redirected to an EarthLink generated Web page that describes the particular URL's phisher status and whether the particular Web site has been blocked or disabled.
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By taking a hands-on approach to their security, organizations will find that there are many tools and techniques available to them to combat the Phisher," Ollmann concludes.
The report highlights a major increase in the use of tactic that allows a criminal phisher to create hundreds of phish at once.
The phisher will check the blind drop or at intervals will have the blind drop send the information to the phisher.
Bank login details are just as useful to a phisher as a person's personal credit card details, as it gives the phisher access to an online account.
Newland became a victim of one of those attacks after a spear phisher posted a phony link on a MySpace bulletin, which directed all of his 89 friends to a fake site, MySpase.
27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EarthLink's investigation into the source of millions of phisher site spam e-mails has helped law enforcement break up an alleged identity theft ring.