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Difference between Spoofing and Phishing
  • Last Updated : 14 Aug, 2019

Spoofing:
Spoofing is a type of attack on computer device in which the attacker tries to steal the identity of the legitimate user and act as another person. This kind of attack is done to breach the security of the system or to steal the information of the users.

Example:
Hackers normally change their IP addresses to hack a website so that the hacker can’t be traced.





Phishing:
Phishing is a type of attack on computer device where the attacker tries to find the sensitive information of users in a fraud manner through electronic communication by intending to be from a related trusted organization in an automated manner.

Example:
Sometimes hackers through communication ask for OTP or secret PIN of bank transaction by acting as an employee of the bank that is a fraud manner.







Difference between Spoofing and Phishing:

SpoofingPhishing
Hacker tries to steal the identity to act as another individual.Hacker tries to steal the sensitive information of the user.
It doesn’t require fraud.It is operated in a fraud manner.
Information is not theft.Information is theft.
Spoofing can be part of the phishing.Phishing can’t be the part of the spoofing.
Needs to download some malicious software in victim computer.No such malicious software is needed.
Spoofing is basically done to get a new identity.Phishing is done to get secret information.
Types: IP Spoofing, Email Spoofing, URL Spoofing etc.Types: Phone Phishing, Clone Phishing etc.

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