Posted by: h4ck@lyst | April 22, 2009

SMiShing

SMS + phishing = SMiShing!

In computing, Smishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques similar to phishing. The name is derived from “SMs phISHING”. SMS (Short Message Service) is the technology used for text messages on cell phones.

Similar to phishing, smishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the “bait” to get you to divulge your personal information. The “hook” (the method used to actually “capture” your information) in the text message may be a web site URL, however it has become more common to see a phone number that connects to automated voice response system.

This term has been around for quite some time I believe. The wikipedia article on the same was created on 09:03, 29 August 2006! I ve myself got one such mail SMS which was the Great Britain Lucky Lottery one. blah..

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