The word "phishing" comes from the English and stands for fish.
However, no fish are fished here, criminal and illegal methods are used to try to extract your private data from your computer.
If the online user is misled into providing personal information or financial information about fraudulent e-mail messages or websites, it is called phishing.
These are criminal acts.
More info: ... Experts explain hoaxes, chain letters, spam and phishing emails!
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In most cases, such attacks are started via emails. Well camouflaged, these very trusted ones look, mostly as a letter from your TDL provider, bank, online mail order company, ....
Anyway, everything is trying to lure you to a fraudulent website. You will be asked to provide personal information such as account information, passwords, phone numbers, and more.
It is even attempted with the help of Trojans to intervene directly in the communication to tap the personal data during the transfer.
The topic is very extensive and the attackers are becoming bolder and more sophisticated.
FAQ 20: Updated on: June 2th 2018 19:59