Phishing is a type of social engineering attack that uses fraudulent emails or websites to trick users into divulging sensitive information or installing malware on their systems. Phishing attacks often use spoofed email addresses or websites that appear to be legitimate, such as those of banks or social media sites.

Subfields of Phishing

History of Phishing

The term 'phishing' was coined in the mid-1990s by hackers who were stealing America Online (AOL) accounts and passwords. In the early 2000s, phishing attacks became more widespread and targeted major financial institutions and online retailers, such as eBay and PayPal.

Some of the most infamous phishing attacks include the 2003 'Rock Phish' attacks, which targeted major banks and financial institutions, and the 2009 'Aurora' attacks, which targeted Google and other high-profile companies.

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