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Friday, May 17, 2019

What is phishing?

What is phishing?

  • A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon
  • A type of electronic fraud
  • A type of worm
  • A type of computer virus 
What is phishing?


Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The word is a neologism created as a homophone of fishing due to the similarity of using a bait in an attempt to catch a victim.

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. 



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