Sunday, August 19, 2007

Phishing in Merriam-Webster Online

Merriam-Webster Online 是我個人較常使用的線上英英字典網站, 喜歡的原因有二: 1 較新的單字也可以找到; 2. 發音檔可以下載。

前天 (August 17) 透過 email 寄來的 The Word of the Day 剛好在介紹 phishing 這個字。真的很巧, 前幾天我在開車時聽到空中英語教室的 ken 也在 chat room 中介紹這個字, 剛剛特地查了一下, 是屬於 August 20 的每日講解內容, 文章標題是 "Gone Fishing"。

Merriam-Webster OnlineThe Word of the Day 的內容如下:

phishing \FISH-ing\ noun
: a scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly

Example Sentence:
The widespread use of electronic banking and financial transactions has prompted the FTC to crack down on cyber crimes, such as phishing.

Did you know?

"Phishing" is one of the many new computer-related terms that have found their way into the general lexicon over the past decade or so. Its "ph" spelling is influenced by an earlier word for an illicit act: "phreaking." Phreaking involves fraudulently using an electronic device to avoid paying for telephone calls, and its name is suspected of being a shortening of "phone freak." A common phishing scam involves sending e-mails that appear to come from banks requesting recipients to verify their accounts by typing personal details, such as credit card information, into a Web site that has been disguised to look like the real thing. Such scams can be thought of as "fishing" for naive recipients.

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