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On phishing, pharming, and (yes) phlooding

On phishing, pharming, and (yes) phlooding

You knew it had to happen; a security company wants to coin a new computer security word by playing on the success of phishing and pharming. Phlooding, as described by AirMagnet, a wireless security company, is basically a denial-of-service attack on wireless network authentication servers that prevents legitimate users from making a connection. But security experts aren't so sure a new name is needed. The SANS organization recently had some fun with this marketing phenomenon on its daily Internet Storm Center. Some of my favorites include pheature, an undocumented program perk; phorgetful, what users are when asked if they clicked Yes on the security warning; and phlaming, conducting a denial-of-service attack using angry insults.