Similar in nature to e-mail phishing
, pharming seeks to obtain personal or private (usually financial related) information through domain spoofing
. Rather than being spammed with malicious and mischievous e-mail
requests for you to visit spoof Web sites
which appear legitimate, pharming 'poisons' a DNS
server by infusing false information into the DNS server, resulting in a user's request being redirected elsewhere. Your browser
, however will show you are at the correct Web site, which makes pharming a bit more serious and more difficult to detect. Phishing attempts to scam people one at a time with an e-mail while pharming allows the scammers to target large groups of people at one time through domain spoofing.
See also phishing and spoofing.
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