verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to make (someone) a victim in this way: If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
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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.
Once a user had heard about this phishing expedition, though, they were unlikely to engage with it again.
the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft
Word Origin for phishing
C21: from fishing in the sense of catching the unwary by offering bait; computer-hacker slang often replaces f with ph
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