Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Ze babelfish has a question. One that has long perturbed her tech-retarded soul. She has tossed and turned and pondered long and hard and unable to come to a satisfactory conclusion herself she has decided to throw the question open to the blogsphere. Or at least those blessed, beloved individuals of the blogsphere who occasionally drop by ze fishbowl.
Yes well, this question, or to be precise this insoluble mystery of mysteries which has long bemused, befuddled and bamboozled the phishy mind is this....
What is phishing?
More importantly how does one report it?!!
And why does one report it?!!!

Those who have no clue what this phishy is talking about should now turn to that Great God of Little-Geeks, namely GooGLe.

Googleshwar incidentally is a charming thing. When it's not being an utter pain in the virtual ass of course.
One of the less charming things it did in the past was to introduce a direct chat option, without the polite invisible setting.
But that is inconsequential.

What perturbs the fishy soul is that everytime she gets a mail she is faced with a number of reasonable options such as reply and reply to all, some moderately unreasonable ones like show original and message text garbled and the truly unreasonable report phishing.

And much as bably would like to believe her reputation precedes her to the extent that google forewarns it's several million users against her this is obviously not a feasible option. Happy thought, but impossible.

So what eet eej??


Blogger Teleute said...

This is Phishing. Also see this.

Happy now?

2:27 AM  
Blogger panu said...

see... the ebhar helphool teleute has helped your phishy soul...

8:35 PM  
Blogger erebus said...

phishing is basically a more sinister form of data mining... basically it means emails that falsesly try to get your passwords and bank account info and stuff... like you get an email from your bank or credit card company saying "your account will be deleted!!!!! please reply immediately with password and account no."

probably doesn't happen much in India. Happens a lot to us...

9:37 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

like teleute I always turn to wikipedia too. A little more helful than "Great God of Little-Geeks"

1:11 AM  
Blogger jhantu said...

smart teleute, now the techie guys cant ramble on abt the finer points of phishing and impress the heck out of ze babelfish..

10:54 AM  
Anonymous KK said...

sometimes, websites are made the same way as the original websites. So you may feel that you are logging onto gmail but u maybe actually logging into a false site, the login and passwd u entered are then used to launch other attacks. My $0.02

8:24 AM  
Blogger The Alluder of Alliterations said...

poke poke..

9:17 PM  
Blogger Casablanca said...

Now that you have been enlightened, can we request for a new post? Pwetty plis?

8:36 AM  
Blogger Acroyali said...

yes.. the great riddle has been cracked.

ebar post, pliss :)

1:45 PM  
Blogger scorpionragz said...

Phishing- It is the process by which a phishy phish phish phish kore onyo phisheder bhuliye phishnap kore tader phish-bhaja kore khay.

9:24 PM  
Blogger imhunt said...

phishing is the act of acting like someone you are not supposed to act like and obtain information.
The 'Hey I'm Raghav, would you make friendship (lecherous gleam) with me' is also phising.
'Dore dalna' in Hindi.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Ph said...

Now that you know, how are you.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Deepali said...

you've been tagged Miss B'fish. Now swim away from your slumber!

3:25 AM  
Blogger desh said...

one phish in the pond makes the whole pond go phish phsih phish...

you r not the only one who can puke codswallop at will and crib your way...thousands like you phish around in the pond of world....

wasn't tht crap???

3:53 PM  

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