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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 […]

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Types of computer crimes

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 […]