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What is phishing?

Answer

Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication channels.

Background

Phishing emails distribute malicious links or attachments that can perform a variety of functions, including the extraction of login credentials or account information from victims.  A victim can receive a message that appears to have been sent by a known contact or organization, which can include corporate logos and other identifying graphics and data collected from the company being misrepresented.

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