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 malicious act of keeping a false website or sending a false e-mail with the intent of masquerading as a trustworthy entity and acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.
  2. The act of circumventing security with an alias.

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Verb[edit]

phishing

  1. present participle of phish

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English phishing.

Noun[edit]

phishing m (uncountable)

  1. (computer security) phishing (the act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organisation)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English phishing.

Noun[edit]

phishing m ‎(uncountable)

  1. (computing) phishing