Wikipedia defined Fishing as the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to, at least, the beginning of the Paleolithic period about 40,000 years ago. Isotopic analysis of the skeletal remains of Tianyuan man, a 40,000 year old modern human from eastern Asia, has shown that he regularly consumed freshwater fish.
There are many fishing techniques or methods for catching fish. The term can also be applied to methods for catching other aquatic animals such as mollusks (shellfish, squid, octopus) and edible marine invertebrates. Fishing techniques include hand gathering, spear fishing, netting, angling and trapping.
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Google defined phishing as a form of fraud in which a message sender attempts to trick the recipient into divulging important personal information like a password or bank account number, transferring money, or installing malicious software. Phishers send fraudulent mass-messages designed to collect personal information, called “spoofing” or ‘password phishing.
Example of phishing: “We have received several complaints from users unable to gain access to their email account, as a result of that, we are upgrading our security systems and making sure each user account is not accessed unauthorized. We are sending this general message to all users to confirm their details for verification purpose: Full Name: Account ID: Password: Profession: State of Origin: Alternative Email:”
What is then is the similarity between Phishing and Fishing? Based from each definition, I found a word “hunting” to describe their parity. Fishermen go fishing in the wild to catch or hunt fish ( big or small) and other edible marine invertebrates by applying the different methods or techniques. While Phishers explore the World Wide Web to hunt for victims by sending fraudulent mass-messages to net users across the Internet.
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