Definition of pharming in English:



  • 1The process of genetically modifying plants and animals so that they produce substances which may be used as pharmaceuticals.

    • ‘Recent mergers, as well as research into ‘bio - pharming,’ have erased many boundaries between the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.’
    • ‘The genetic engineering of livestock for human medical applications is known as pharming.’
    • ‘The book will be useful for molecular biologists and protein biochemists in academia and industry with an interest in molecular pharming.’
    • ‘Then there's what's known as pharming - the relatively new practice of using genetically altered livestock to produce proteins used in pharmaceuticals.’
  • 2The fraudulent practice of directing Internet users to a bogus website that mimics the appearance of a legitimate one, in order to obtain personal information such as passwords, account numbers, etc.

    • ‘Pharming attacks use DNS poisoning or domain hijacks to redirect users to dodgy urls.’
    • ‘"Pharming is a next-generation phishing attack," Scott Chasin, CTO of MX Logic, told Government Computer News.’
    • ‘The trick - dubbed pharming - is potentially more sinister than phishing because it avoids the need to coax users into responding to junk email alerts.’
    • ‘Another theoretical variation on pharming is based on Domain Name System poisoning.’
    • ‘Dubbed "pharming" by MX Logic, the new attacks use malware or DNS cache poisoning to redirect users to fake sites in an attempt to steal personal data.’
    • ‘As users become harder to dupe with phishing schemes, we may see a shift from phishing to pharming.’
    • ‘A DNS cache poisoning attack over the weekend also highlights the potential use of DNS tricks in ' pharming ' (phishing using redirection rather than bait emails).’
    • ‘While phishing is one of the more recognisable online threats, perhaps a more serious risk is pharming, according to Henry.’
    • ‘To understand pharming, you need a little background on DNS.’
    • ‘More fundamentally, the nascent threat of pharming re-emphasises the need to revamp DNS systems and domain registration that critics argue is long overdue.’
    • ‘The next wave of Internet-related scams, however, may move from phishing to pharming.’
    • ‘It offers complete protection against phishing, pharming, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, viruses and spam.’
    • ‘Pharming is another online scam, in which hackers download 'crimeware' to the users' computer.’
    • ‘Phishing and pharming (I hate cute names for criminality) are adding to the concern.’
    • ‘Both experts agree that pharming is simply a new application of well-known security weaknesses.’
    • ‘It also has to take account of social engineering such as phishing and pharming.’
    • ‘Thieves use dumpster digging, phishing, and pharming to obtain your information.’
    • ‘So when I see the numbers of victims of online phishing, pharming, and 419 scams, I'm not surprised.’
    • ‘The latest type of attack, sometimes referred to as pharming, redirects a victim trying to go to popular legitimate sites instead to a malicious website or a pay-per-click website.’
    • ‘Now the latest cyberswindle, pharming, threatens to reel in entire schools of victims.’


1990s: pharming punningly after farming; pharming patterned on phishing.