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In computing, phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering techniques.

Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an electronic communication.

Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message, although phone contact has been used as well.

Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, and technical measures.

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