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What is a pharming attack?

Pharming is a topic that is tested on the BEC section of the CPA exam. Pharming relates to cybersecurity as it is a specific type of cyber attack. A pharming attack is when a hacker mimics a real website and redirects a user to the fake website.

For example, if the web user was trying to go to, then the hacker would create a website that mimics, and redirect the web user to the fake website. The hacker would then try to access the users personal computer and steal information or infect the users computer with a virus.

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