It’s past midnight. You’re driving sleepily on a dark and deserted highway when you see a luminous detour sign up ahead. You step on the brakes, eyes glued on the blinking arrow that points towards a narrow side street on your left.

You just want to get home, so you follow the sign and drive on. Alas, just a few meters ahead, a group of men in ski masks spring from nowhere, take your money and your car, and leave you shivering on the sidewalk.

What just happened can be likened to pharming — cybercriminals who redirect you to a fake website after corrupting the entry to a legitimate domain name and its URL.

Pharming is a form of phishing, though the latter doesn’t necessarily involve perpetrators controlling the site they impersonate.

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