Phishing is a criminal act. They try to get personal information such as credit card information, passwords, and etc. Phishing usually happens in emails or instant messages.
Pharming is an attack by a hacker that is aiming to redirect a website’s traffic to another website. The other website is usually fake. This can happen by exploiting a DNS server, servers are computers responsible for putting internet names into their addresses.
Both pharming and phishing are involved in credit card or identity stealing information.
Anti-phishing- this website contains recently sent emails with phishing scams enclosed.
Mozilla’s press release for the new version of Mozilla Firefox:
“Identity theft protection. In addition to its award-winning safeguards for blocking drive-by installation of spy ware and unwanted pop-up windows, Firefox 2 helps protect users from identity theft by quickly informing them when they surf to a questionable Web site. To protect users’ privacy, Phishing Protection is active by default with a local blacklist that updates hourly, rather than sending information to an external online service. An enhanced mode is available where users may optionally elect to have Firefox check the validity of Web sites with a third-party Web service, such as Google, prior to loading the site. Phishing Protection provides warnings, advice and guidance when Firefox encounters a Web site that appears to be fraudulent or malicious.” http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/mozilla-2006-10-24.html