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Pharming -- Is this a new ID theft scam in the wings?

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#1 harrywaldron


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Posted 19 January 2005 - 09:04 AM

Pharming -- Is this a new ID theft scam in the wings?

An e-mail security executive warns that a new method of ID theft he calls “pharming” could crop up in the near future. “Pharming is a next-generation phishing attack,” said Scott Chasin, CTO of MX Logic Inc. of Denver.

Phishing is a social-engineering attack, often using phony e-mails to lure victims to a spoofed Web site, where personal information can be harvested. “Pharming is a malicious Web redirect,” in which a person trying to reach a legitimate commercial site is sent to the phony site without his knowledge.

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