[Ads-l] "spear phishing", not in OED; possible WOTY?

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 8 08:18:41 UTC 2015


*A Google Books' search returned this (a possible dating to 1998):*

*http://tinyurl.com/mlw6v42 <http://tinyurl.com/mlw6v42>*

Eric




On Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 1:11 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> "Phishing" made it into the OED (recently?), but "spear phishing" has
> not yet arrived.
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> UrbanDictionary has "The targeted version of phishing where hackers
> go after individuals as opposed to going after a large group by
> pretending to be a trusted corporation/company/group through some
> form of electronic communication" (2010).
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> According to Google Web, may go back to 2003.  See
> http://idtheft.about.com/od/theftmethods/a/Spear_Phishing.htm,
> although I can't confirm the date from this page.  Certainly to 2005.
>
> What any of the 80 million may expect to be penetrated with by one of
> the Anthem hackers or their commerical clients.  A possible WOTY?
>
> Joel
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