The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It makes you sound as if you are talking in a fake German accent

I'm sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale Office of the Corporation, using the Lookout email client when I receive the following:

Vishing is a socially engineered technique for stealing information or money from people using the telephone network. The term comes from combining “voice” with “phishing,” which are online scams that get people to give up personal or sensitive information about The Corporation. This may include impersonating another employee of the Corporation, your bank, law enforcement agencies or any government related organization via voice email, VoIP (voice over IP), or landline or cellular telephone.

Vishing?

Vishing?

Really?

Oh, I guess it's a thing now.

Sigh.

We already have a term for this—“phishing!” Or perhaps “social engineering?” How about “hacking” if you want to go old school 80s style terminology?

Good lord …

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