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phish

[fish] /fɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make (someone) a victim in this way:
If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Sometimes, brand spoof.
Compare vish.
Origin of phish
1995-2000
1995-2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish
Related forms
phisher, noun
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Examples from the Web for phishing
Contemporary Examples
  • Once a user had heard about this phishing expedition, though, they were unlikely to engage with it again.

  • One challenge is that this isn't a virus or a hacker attack—it's just a phishing scam, an attempt to trick people.

British Dictionary definitions for phishing

phishing

/ˈfɪʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft
Word Origin
C21: from fishing in the sense of catching the unwary by offering bait; computer-hacker slang often replaces f with ph
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Contemporary definitions for phishing
noun

the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking email with the real organization's logo, in an attempt to steal passwords, financial or personal information, or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords

Examples

1996; as in 'fish' for users

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Word Origin

phish, v; phisher, n

verb

to send ruse e-mail with a link to a replica of an existing web page, designed to fool users into submitting personal, financial, or password information; to defraud someone using this method; also, to create a website replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords

Examples

1990s; prob fr fishing, borrowing the ph from phony

Word Origin

computing; also phishing , (n.), phisher , (n.)

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Word Origin and History for phishing
n.

in the cyber scam sense, by 2000 (some sources cite usage from 1995); alteration of fishing (n.); perhaps by influence of phreak and the U.S. rock band Phish, which had been performing since 1983.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for phishing

phish

verb

To lure unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking e-mail with the real organization's logo, in an attempt to steal passwords or financial or personal information or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords (1996+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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phishing in Technology

security
("brand spoofing", "carding", after "fishing") /fishing/ Sending e-mail that claims to be from some well-known organisation, e.g. a bank, to trick the recipient into revealing information for use in identity theft. The user is told to visit a web site where they are asked to enter information such as passwords, credit card details, social security or bank account numbers. The web site usually looks like it belongs to the organisation in question and may silently redirect the user to the real web site after collecting their data.
For example, a scam started in 2003 claimed that the user's eBay account would be suspended unless he updated his credit card information on a given web site.
(2006-01-19)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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