Internet snagged in the hooks of phishers

Friday, 30 July 2004, 11:30 AM EST

Maybe it's time we all went to digital self-defense school. How else can we learn how to deflect the Internet thieves pounding on our electronic doors?

The pounding is getting louder, judging by recent reports of scammers trying to steal identities through counterfeit e-mails and bogus Web sites. Should the doors give way, I'm afraid we can kiss many legitimate Internet commerce sites goodbye, because they require a foundation of trust.

If you're like me, you're already getting a flood of fraudulent e-mails in your in-box, "phishing" for personal information. Phishing, in case you hadn't heard, is hacker-speak for electronic fishing. It means tricking people into typing user names, passwords, Social Security numbers and other personal data at bogus Web sites.

By Leslie Walker at SecurityFocus.

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