One phish, two phish
In the summer of 2001, I saw my first phishing attempt. A reader sent me a link to a site that, at first glance, appeared to be hosted on AOL; the site asked you to update your account. But as I read through the requests for information on the page--social security number, mother's maiden name, and other extraneous personal details--it became clear this was not an official AOL site, despite the overall look and feel of the page.
Five years later, phishing has grown enormously. According to security vendor MessageLabs, it accounts for 14.5 percent of all malicious e-mail intercepted. Phishing is rapidly becoming the number one threat to home computer users, displacing spyware and viruses. And don't count on security tools or software to come to your rescue. Where you click and--more importantly--why you click remains largely up to you. Security Watch: One phish, two phish - CNET reviews
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