Pharming is defined as the fraudulent practice of directing Internet users to a bogus (fake) website that mimics (copies) the appearance of a legitimate (official) one, in order to obtain personal information such as passwords, account numbers, etc. Do not confuse pharming with phishing.
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by disguising a message as an official, trustworthy electronic communication. Typically carried out by e-mail spoofing – as well as via SMS (“smishing”), instant messaging, and text messaging – a phishing message includes a hyperlink (or […]
Catfishing is defined as “luring (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona”. The goal of building this relationship could be any one of the following: To bully or harass or physically harm the victim (see: cyberbullying, grooming) To gain personal information about the victim to commit fraud with their information The […]
Garmin Connect users across the globe lost access to all their online fitness data as a result of a Ransomware attack just this month (August 2020). This form of cybercrime is a relatively new development. Read more about this attack on TechRepublic. The following information about ransomware is an extract from “Clarification of existing content […]
There is a fairly long list of ways in which people commit cybercrimes (crimes committed using computer technology). Some are simply mildly irritating, while others range from financially disastrous to life-threatening. A number of the following cybercrimes are categorised under the heading “social engineering”, which is defined as: “The use of deception to manipulate or […]