Phishing for Information

In just a short few decades, the Internet has revolutionized communication, commerce, entertainment, and...crime. It’s sad, but the reality is that every pond has its bottom feeders. And the Internet is a very large pond indeed.

Some years ago, before the Internet was commonly available to home users, America Online (AOL) was an innovative service accessed by dial-up modems. It was appealing but not cheap. Some people figured out that obtaining free access was as simple as using a program to generate a fake credit card number and using that to open an AOL account. It took AOL a few weeks to figure out that the credit card number was no good, after which another fake number ...

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