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What is the difference between phishing and hacking?

Phishing and hacking are both internet crimes. Phishing involves using fake websites or emails that claim to be from a trusted entity. They are designed to trick people into divulging their personal information, such as bank account details or online passwords.

Phishing and hacking are driven by similar intents as both are primarily used to defraud people in some way. However, phishing relies on people voluntarily providing information while hacking involves forcefully gaining unauthorized access to it, such as by disabling the security measures of a computer network. Hacking can also be done for other reasons. For example, the U.S. government considers it a matter of national security in the face of cyberattack threats.

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