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

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Feb 7 18:11:04 UTC 2015

"Phishing" made it into the OED (recently?), but "spear phishing" has 
not yet arrived.

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).

According to Google Web, may go back to 2003.  See 
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?


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