(redirected from SMiShing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The latest version of Sophos Mobile Security allows users to easily prevent the onset of SMiShing.
Furthermore, iPhone and Android users can reduce their phone spam nuisance levels and protect themselves from Vishing and Smishing threats with NUMBERCOP for iPhone available from the Apple App Store (http://www.
Smishing or SMS phishing is a technique used by fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting victims who either end up compromising their banking details or personal information.
The most common smishing scam to be aware of is a scam where a subscriber receives an SMS stating that he/she has won a sum of money in a competition, draw or lottery.
According to IID, smishing attacks were down 62 percent from January to March, 2010, compared to the previous quarter.
93 percent of MNOs expect mobile messaging abuse will increase via spam, phishing / smishing, viruses, spoofing, faking and flooding.
2006 saw the emergence of both SMiShing (phishing via SMS) and spyware (MobiSpy) in the mobile domain.
Wireless companies have detected a pattern of SMiShing texts in recent months, although some reports of the scam date back to 2006.
In August 2006, McAfee Avert Labs received its first sample of a SMiShing attack with VBS/Eliles, a mass mailing worm that also sends short message service (SMS) messages to mobile phones.
5 SMiShing Chart 2 Price comparison of stolen VoIP and credit card account details 2.
VirusScan Mobile and VirusScan Mobile Enterprise Edition Protect Users from SMiShing -- Phishing Attacks via SMS
Threats Targeting Mobile Convergence - including voice spam, vishing and smishing