New jargon?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 16 21:32:45 UTC 2008

>From today's NYT:

The tactic of aiming at the rich and powerful with an online scam is
referred to by computer security experts as "_whaling_". The term is a
play on "_phishing_", an approach that usually involves tricking
e-mail users — in this case the big fish — into divulging personal
information like credit card numbers.  _Phishing attacks that are
directed at a particular person_, rather than blasted out to millions,
are also known as "_spear-phishing_".

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

The American Dialect Society -

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