phishing


phish·ing

noun \ˈfi-shiŋ\

Definition of PHISHING

:  a scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly
phish·er \-shər\ noun

Origin of PHISHING

alteration (influenced by phreaking) of fishing
First Known Use: 1997

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, recursive, router

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