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Webopedia Cool Term of the Day: Twishing

Sep 10, 2009, 10:41 (0 Talkback[s])
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"(twish´ing) (n.) Twishing is the act of sending a message to a Twitter user in an attempt to obtain his or her name and password. The message may instruct the recipient to visit a Web site where he or she is asked to log in. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user's information.

"Twishing is a combination of the words Twitter and phishing. The idea is that bait is given out – the concept behind the term phishing – to Twitter users with the hopes that while most will ignore the bait, a small percentage will be tricked into revealing their user names and passwords."

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