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Phishing and pharming: Is your personal identity being harvested?

The terms "farming" and "fishing" have taken on new meaning, and this year's "bumper crop" might include the harvesting of your personal and business identity.

Every day, millions of Internet users are bombarded with official looking e-mails sent by con artists masquerading as MasterCard, EBay, Earthlink or US Bank.

  • Full article >>> cent. This exceeds the average response for legitimate direct marketing."

    Pharming is the potential next generation of scams in which your identity is harvested. In a pharming attack your browser gets hijacked through DNS cache modifications or other viruses and spyware that unknowingly get installed on your computer. In this scenario you type a legitimate URL into the address bar on your......

    Full article >>> eople away," said Dan Vaccaro, a partner at law firm Michael Best & Friedrich.

    "People are not aware or are dealing with the downstream implications of online transactions. Identity theft is going to be the biggest category of financial crime over the next 10 years," Vaccaro said.

    To protect yourself, beware of messages that ask you to click a link to verify your personal informa......

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