Phishing is something that is frequently in the news,
but what exactly does the term "Phishing" mean?
According to the Anti-Phishing Workgroup's website:
The word "phishing" comes from the analogy that
Internet scammers are using email lures to "fish" for
passwords and financial data from the sea of Internet users.
The term was coined in the 1996 timeframe by hackers who
were stealing America On-Line accounts by scamming passwords
from unsuspecting AOL users. The first mention on the
Internet of phishing is on the alt.2600 hacker newsgroup in
January 1996, however the term may have been used even
earlier in the printed edition of the hacker newsletter
Over the years, the term has evolved to specifically describe
email messages that are sent with counterfeited sender information
to entice the recipient to give up some piece of confidential
information in response to a fraudulent request. An example would be
an email that appears to come from the recipient's bank requesting
the recipient to visit a website and input his account and password
information for the bank to verify. In this case the website used to
collect the information would not actually be controlled by the
bank, and if the recipient does enter his information the sender of
the phishing email would then be able to use it to commit fraud.
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