[Air-l] Spamming As "Phishing" .. ?

Mike Ayers michael.ayers at manhattan.edu
Mon Aug 18 13:21:07 PDT 2003

Today on the trusty yahoo.com news, i read an article that referred to the new 
wave of identity spamming as "phishing", defined by this journalist as "The e-
mail is an example of "phishing" -- the use of spam, or unwanted junk e-mail, 
to lure computer users to Web sites that look like those of reputable 
companies, and to deceive them into divulging personal financial data" and  a 
CNN.com journalist last month defined people who Phish as Phishers: "Phishers 
first steal a company's identity and then use it to victimize consumers by 
stealing their credit identities"  

Does any one know how this word got synonymous with online scam/spammers?  Who 
coined this term?  And, bear with me, as i revert back to my days on the 
american highways following a certain band that shares the same name, is there 
any connection to the hippie band, Phish? That I doubt, but still curious to 
why these spammers have this new name...i feel like there are some cultural 
connotations somewhere...

in the dark,

Mike Ayers
Department of Sociology
Miguel Hall
Manhattan College
Riverdale, New York 10471
michael.ayers at manhattan.edu
O:(718) 862-7406 F:(718)862-8044

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