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Pharm's Way

Learn how to protect yourself from the latest internet attack.

By Amanda C. Kooser • Jul 1, 2005

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Just when you finally figured out how to deal with viruses,worms, spam and phishing, along comes pharming. Pharming is likephishing on steroids. A pharming attack maliciously redirects a webbrowser to a spoof site that harvests personal information. Bankingsites are top targets. "It's less of a visible threat,because there is no e-mail. It operates behind the scenes,"says Scott Chasin, chief technology officer with Denver-basede-mail security company MX Logic. Unlike phishing, pharming has no socialengineering lure. That makes it a more dangerous and stealthymethod of attack.

Chasin cites several ways pharming can take place. DNS-cachepoisoning, which exploits faults in DNS servers, and malware arethe main vehicles that have been identified so far. And a Trojanwas identified earlier this year that targeted several majorbanks.

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