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noun 
  1. (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.
  2. Can also mean to circumvent security with an alias.
Translations: 
  • German: Phishing (1)
verb 
  1. (present participle of, phish)
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.


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