phishing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Respelling of fishing ‎(trying to find). In Usenet newsgroups, cracker and pirate groups used variant spellings of phish and warez (i.e. wares) to evade scans and filters by mainstream servers policing the ARPAnet/Internet.

Pronunciation[edit]

Homophones: fishing

Noun[edit]

phishing ‎(uncountable)

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  1. (computing) The act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organization. This is usually combined with a threat or request for information: for example, that an account will close, a balance is due, or information is missing from an account. The email will ask the recipient to supply confidential information, such as bank account details, PINs or passwords; these details are then used by the owners of the website to conduct fraud.
  2. The act of circumventing security with an alias.

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Verb[edit]

phishing

  1. present participle of phish

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English.

Noun[edit]

phishing m ‎(uncountable)

  1. (computing) phishing