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Mar 9, 2005

Anti-phishing Act of 2005

Senator Patrick Leahy has (re-)introduced his Anti-Phishing Act to the U.S. Senate. The act outlaws phishing (emails that mislead victims into visiting fake websites) and pharming (attacks that redirect visitors' attempted connections to a legitimate website, sending them to a fake website). "The Anti-Phishing Act of 2005 would enter two new crimes into the U.S. Code. The first prohibits the creation or procurement of a website that represents itself to be that of a legitimate business, and that attempts to induce the victim to divulge personal information, with the intent to commit a crime of fraud or identity theft. The second prohibits the creation or procurement of an email that represents itself to be that of a legitimate business, and that attempts to induce the victim to divulge personal information, with the intent to commit a crime of fraud or identity theft."
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