Using email and misleading websites to entice users to provide their credit card numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, usernames, and other confidential information in order to use that information for criminal purposes such as theft.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A form of Internet fraud in which a fake website or email is made to resemble a legitimate one, in order to steal valuable information such as credit cards, Social Security numbers, user IDs, and passwords. "Spear phishing" is a fraudulent email targeted at a specific group, often employees of a large company or users of a networking website.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • phishing — phish‧ing [ˈfɪʆɪŋ] noun [uncountable] LAW COMPUTING the criminal activity of using emails or a website to trick people into giving you information such as their bank account number which you can then use to get money or goods phisher noun… …   Financial and business terms

  • Phishing — es el acto que consiste en recomendar la visita a una página web falsa, haciendo creer al visitante que se encuentra en la página original o copiada. La vía de difusión más habitual de esta técnica es el correo electrónico, aunque últimamente se… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • phishing — |fíchingue| s. m. [Informática] Técnica ou ação destinada a obter dados pessoais de outrem através de meios informáticos, para os utilizar fraudulentamente.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa, alteração de fishing, pesca …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • phishing — /fishˈing/ (computing) noun The practice of sending counterfeit email messages in an attempt to get the recipients to divulge confidential information, eg details of bank accounts ORIGIN: Altered form of ↑fishing …   Useful english dictionary

  • Phishing — In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic… …   Wikipedia

  • Phishing — Éste es un ejemplo de un intento de phishing. Haciéndose pasar por un email oficial, trata de engañar a los clientes del banco para que den información acerca de su cuenta con un enlace a la página …   Wikipedia Español

  • phishing — ( pp. Creating a replica of an existing Web page to fool a user into submitting personal, financial, or password data. adj. phish v. phisher n. Example Citations: Phishing is the term coined by hackers who imitate legitimate companies in …   New words

  • Phishing — Hameçonnage Exemple de phishing L’hameçonnage, appelé plus couramment phishing, est une technique utilisée par des fraudeurs pour obtenir des renseignements personnels dans le but de perpétrer une usurpation d identité. La technique consiste à… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • phishing — ▪ computing       act of sending e mail that purports to be from a reputable source, such as the recipient s bank or credit card provider, and that seeks to acquire personal or financial information. The name derives from the idea of “fishing”… …   Universalium

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