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Feb 24 2008   2:08PM GMT

What Is ‘Vishing’?

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

My Yiddish is rusty (OK, it is virtually non-existent), but it sounds a little like my ex-wife’s grandfather inviting me on a fishing trip. But alas, it is even more insidious than that. You are most likely familiar with the concept of ‘phishing’ which involves using some type of bait (generally an email or web site designed to elicit a response) to lure an unsuspecting user into surrendering confidential personal information, such as bank or credit card account numbers, or user names and passwords to sensitive accounts, for the purpose of stealing their money or identity. Well, ‘vishing’ is very similar, but it relies on VoIP phone calls rather than unsolicited spam emails for bait. You can learn more by reading this glossary explanation of ‘vishing’ from WhatIs.com posted on the SearchUnifiedCommunications site.

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