- (computing) The act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organization. This is usually combined with a threat or request for information: for example, that an account will close, a balance is due, or information is missing from an account. The email will ask the recipient to supply confidential information, such as bank account details, PINs or passwords; these details are then used by the owners of the website to conduct fraud.
- Can also mean to circumvent security with an alias.
Etymology: Respelling of fishing (in the sense of "trying to find"), in accordance with the common cracker habit of respelling f- words as ph-, esp. phreaking.
- (present participle of, phish)
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