- to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.
- to make (someone) a victim in this way: If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Sometimes brand spoof.
Origin of phish
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Examples from the Web for phishing
One challenge is that this isn't a virus or a hacker attack—it's just a phishing scam, an attempt to trick people.Is Your Mac Safe?
June 21, 2011
Once a user had heard about this phishing expedition, though, they were unlikely to engage with it again.Facebook Chat Gets Hijacked
February 17, 2011
- 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
Word Origin and History for phishing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper