A Phishing Primer from Dave Pollard

You can never learn too much about the real dangers of the Internet. I mean, of course, things other than reading too many blogs or too few blogs.
Dave Pollard has posted an excellent primer called “The Phishing Menace” on one of those dangers – phishing. Phishing uses a combination of technology and social engineering to try to get you to give up personal and financial information that can and will be used in ways that you will not like. Pollard’s post will educate you on the basic safety principles and point you to some useful resources.
The money quote:

Phishing, by contrast, is not annoying, it’s dangerous. It’s not overzealous promotion, it’s crime: fraud and theft. It is also, currently, harder to filter, and becoming more sophisticated.

Highly recommended.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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  1. says

    Interesting article.
    Of particular interest to lawyers is that there is an Anti-Phishing Act before Congress. The Act provides for prison sentences of up to 5 years and fines of up to $250,000.
    Not sure that this will have an impact as a lot of Phishing occurs by people overseas.
    People should also be aware of “Pharming,” in which software redirects your browser automatically to a fake banking or other official-looking site.