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phishing

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noun phish·ing \ˈfi-shiŋ\

Definition of phishing

  1. :  a scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly

phish·er play \-shər\ noun


Origin of phishing

alteration (influenced by phreaking) of fishing


First Known Use: 1997

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