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The illegal practice of attempting to steal an identity by setting up a website and encouraging people to input credit card or other personal information. Phishing often purports to present a legitimate web business and asks the "customer" to give personal information in order to receive fictitious products. Alternatively, phishing may involve a criminal sending out e-mail purporting to be from a bank or credit card company asking for information as part of an "urgent" request. Phishers then steal the identity directly or sell to another party for illegal purposes.


Phishing is one way that identity thieves use the Internet to retrieve your personal information, such as passwords and account numbers.

The thieves' techniques include sending hoax emails claiming to originate from legitimate businesses and establishing phony websites designed to capture your personal information.

For example, you may receive an urgent email claiming to come from your bank and directing you to a website where you're asked to update or verify your account number or password. By responding you give identity thieves an opportunity to steal your confidential information.

Phishing is difficult to detect because the fraudulent emails and websites are often indistinguishable from legitimate ones and the perpetrators change identities regularly.

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Centro Europeo del Consumidor (2005): El timo del phising, obtenido en: http://cec.
7) Se estima que solo en el ano 2003 se estafo mediante la tecnica del phising mas de 1.
Principales caracteristicas Proteccion para P2P, proteccion para correo electronico a nivel POP3/ SMTP, heuristica en maquina virtual, control de trafico en Internet, control de conexion de aplicaciones, modo Stealth para ocultar la computadora en la red, proteccion contra phising, limitador de tiempo web, integracion con Outlook, control para padres
Si bien no todos conocemos lo que se hace o puede hacerse con nuestros datos y nuestros derechos en relacion con nuestra informacion, el tema de generar ciertas reglas para el tratamiento de datos personales de los individuos llego para quedarse debido al aumento en delitos como el robo de identidad o el fraude financiero, con la utilizacion indebida de datos de tarjeta de credito o el phising (1).
Phising, also known as carding, brand spoofing or identity theft, is generally a scam whereby the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking e-mails, often appearing to come from some of the web's biggest sites, in an effort to "phish" for personal and financial information from the recipient.
The first example of phising took place in 1987 but it was another nine years before the word was first recorded.
Este es un ejemplo, nuestro equipo tambien esta trabajando contra el phising, con las fuerzas de la ley para hacer investigaciones, localizar a quienes perpetran robo de identidades y spam; son las tres areas en las que hemos trabajado muy duro".