phish

[fish]
verb (used without object)
1.
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail 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:
1995–2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish

phisher, noun
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phishing (ˈfɪʃɪŋ)
 
n
the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft
 
[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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Main Entry:  phishing
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  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
Example:  1996; as in 'fish' for users
Etymology:  phish, v; phisher, n
Main Entry:  phishing
Part of Speech:  n.
Definition:  See phish
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Slang Dictionary

phish definition


and spoof; card
  1. in.
    to “fish” for passwords and personal information by trickery, on internet. (Sometimes by setting up a phony URL which people sign in to by giving their passwords or credit card numbers.) : They must have been phishing to get my credit card number while I placed an order online.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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spoofing definition


and carding; phishing
  1. n.
    stealing passwords and personal information on the internet. (See also phish for an explanation.) : He set up an evil twin for spoofing at the coffee shop.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Computing Dictionary

phishing definition

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)

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Example sentences
One is to use its network to send out spam e-mail and phishing messages.
And when you get those e-mails that say friends are abroad and in dire need of
  money, a phishing scheme is to blame.
Phishing is also a growing problem on all smartphone platforms.
Networks are being used to send phishing e-mails and other spam.
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