spear phish

[ speer fish ]
/ ˈspɪər ˌfɪʃ /
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verb (used without object)

to phish by sending personalized email that appears to be from someone the recipient knows but which is really luring the recipient to open a malicious website: How can we make it harder for them to spear phish?

verb (used with object)

to make (someone) a victim in this way: My name was being used to spear phish my Facebook friends.

Nearby words

  1. spean,
  2. spear,
  3. spear carrier,
  4. spear grass,
  5. spear gun,
  6. spear side,
  7. spear-head spoon,
  8. spear-phishing,
  9. spear-thrower,
  10. spearfish

Origin of spear phish

First recorded in 2005–10; spear1 + phish

Related formsspear phish·er, noun

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