phishing

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phish

 (fĭsh)
intr.v. phished, phish·ing, phish·es
To request confidential information over the internet or by telephone 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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Instead of sending thousands of emails at random, spear phishing targets select groups of people or a single individual.
Achieved by the use of reconnaissance to make messages appear more genuine, spear phishing attacks masquerade as a legitimate individual or institution and co-opt their established trust to coerce the target into providing credentials to the attacker.
F-Secure said that the malware was spread 'via carefully crafted spear phishing emails that contain industry-specific terms relevant to each of the targeted organizations, indicating the emails were deliberately designed with the exact targets in mind.