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What is Phishing
Phishing is a term for fraudelant attack designed to elicit confidential information from users via fake e-mail or website. Phishing is a manipulative technique, using fraudulent e-mails that appear to be sent from a confidential source (e.g. from banks), or website imitations of confidential institutions, through which the attacker causes the victim to launch a sensitive information.

Phishing (based on the word fishing) is a term for a fraudulent attack designed to elicit confidential information from users via fake e-mail or website.

How works Phishing in practice?

Phishing is a manipulative technique, using fraudulent e-mails that appear to be sent from a confidential source (e.g. from banks), or website imitations of confidential institutions, through which the attacker causes the victim to launch a sensitive information such as bank account number, password, access information to the company, credit card or payment gateway. The objective may be a complete identity theft. Filled data the attacker can then use for his favor.

Defense against fishing may be antispyware that avoids e-mails, or internet security software that can prevent the entry to the fraudulent website (if previously detected). Most important, as in the case of Pharming, is a caution of the user.

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Last update: 20.08.2015

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