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Definiton of phising

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Ooo.. I've not update this blog about 2 weeks ago..
So I just want to share a little knowledge about internet technology..

What is Phising??

The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the users information.


Early attempts were made at phising in 1990s when offenders originally created on AOL accounts with fake, algorithmically generated credit card numbers - these accounts could last weeks or even months until new ones were required. AOL subsequently, brought in measures in late 1995 to prevent this, so early AOL crackers resorted to phising for legitimate AOL accounts.
Phising on AOL was closely linked with the warez community that exchanged pirated software. For instance, a cracker might pose as an AOL staff member and send an instant message to a potential victim, asking the victim to reveal his or her password. Later, AOL's policy enforcement with respect to phising and warez became stringent and removed pirated software off AOL servers. AOL simultaneously developed a system to quickly deactivate any account involved in phising besides adopting other steps to combat this form of cyber fraud.
Of late, more recent phising attempts have been witnessed in relation to the customers of banks and online payment services. Such targeted versions of phising have been termed as spear phising.

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