Cyber Security Awareness – “Phishing”By Denise Monteleone
So what is 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 communication.
pretending to be from popular social web sites such as (Youtube, Facebook, Myspace), auction sites
(eBay), online banks (Teachers Federal Credit Union, Chase), online payment processors (PayPal),
or IT Administrators (Yahoo, ISPs) are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting. Phishing is
typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details
at a fake website whose URL and look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.
Last Modified: November 24, 2008