Respelling of fishing (“trying to find”). In Usenet newsgroups, cracker and pirate groups used variant spellings of phish and warez (i.e. wares) to evade scans and filters by mainstream servers policing the ARPAnet/Internet.
- Homophones: fishing
- Rhymes: -ɪʃɪŋ
- (computing) The malicious act of keeping a false website or sending a false e-mail with the intent of masquerading as a trustworthy entity and acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.
- The act of circumventing security with an alias.
The term phishing comes from the fact that Internet scammers are using increasingly sophisticated lures as they "fish" for users' financial information and password data. The most common ploy is to copy the Web page code from a major site — such as AOL — and use that code to set up a replica page that appears to be part of the company's site. (This is why phishing is also called spoofing.) A fake e-mail is sent out with a link to this page, which solicits the user's credit card data or password. When the form is submitted, it sends the data to the scammer while leaving the user on the company's site so they don't suspect a thing. -->