the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft
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How to use phishing in a sentence
Hitt said it appears the attack began as a phishing attempt and no data appears to have been stolen, said party spokesman Alec Zimmerman.Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million | Verne Kopytoff | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
Cyber criminals are not just doing the traditional phishing expeditions, they’re using Covid as a lure.Cybersecurity company McAfee shares fall in return to market | Verne Kopytoff | October 22, 2020 | Fortune
Be aware of phishing scams, which have become even more sophisticated in 2020 as fraudsters now have access to more personal information about their victims, mostly taken from social media.
The hackers used voice phishing, a social engineering technique that involves tricking someone on the phone to hand over passwords or access to internal systems.After breach, Twitter hires a new cybersecurity chief | Zack Whittaker | September 30, 2020 | TechCrunch
Step one—steal an executive’s email password through phishing.
I wrote a piece in 2011 that was used in what appeared to be an Iranian spear phishing attack.Were the Chinese the ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ Trying to Hack Me? | Eli Lake | February 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Chinese also are known for something called “spear phishing.”Were the Chinese the ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ Trying to Hack Me? | Eli Lake | February 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This technique, known as “spear phishing,” is a favored tactic of organized crime.
China was recently accused of using spear phishing to spy on activists associated with the Dalai Lama.
One challenge is that this isn't a virus or a hacker attack—it's just a phishing scam, an attempt to trick people.