Pharming meaning

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The production of pharmaceuticals from genetically altered plants or animals.
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A method of identity theft in which one sets up a website closely resembling a legitimate website, as of a bank, and surreptitiously redirects users trying to visit the authentic website to the fake one to trick them into revealing passwords or other personal information.
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The production of pharmaceuticals from genetically altered plants or animals.
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Setting up a fraudulent website that contains copies of pages from a legitimate website in order to capture confidential information from users. By hacking into the Internet's DNS servers and changing IP addresses, users are automatically redirected to the bogus site, at least for some period of time until the DNS records can be restored. See DNS hijacking.For example, if a bank's DNS were changed, users could be redirected to a website that looks familiar. The bogus site could collect usernames and passwords or using some pretense request additional financial information. Unlike phishing schemes that use a link in an email message to go to the phony site, pharming is more natural. Users are purposefully going to a familiar site.Check the Address LineThe only way to avoid being suckered in is to always check the address line in the browser. Most people never do this and may not even be familiar with the valid URL of the site they go to all the time because they just click a bookmark. For example, if mybank.com were switched to mybnk.com, only an extremely observant user would notice and question this discrepancy. See phishing.
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An Internet scam that involves misdirecting a user to a fraudulent Web site or proxy server by exploiting weaknesses in DNS (Domain Name Server) server software and hijacking transactions, or by changing certain files in the client software on a victim's computer.The term pharming is a play on farming and phishing. (Hackers commonly replace f with ph, phor reasons that are entirely unphathomable to the rest of us.) See also e-mail, hyperlink, Internet, phishing, pretexting, scam, social engineering, and spam.
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The use of genetic engineering to alter an animal or plant in order to make it produce a pharmaceutical or similar product.
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(computing) The redirection of traffic for one website to another, with intent to deceive.
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Origin of pharming

  • Alteration (influenced by phish) of farm (after the server farms generally used to launch pharming attacks)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of pharmaceutical farming gerund of farm

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary

  • By extension, from phishing

    From Wiktionary