Is "phising" a commonly accepted term, or just a mis-spelling of "phishing"?

I've always understood "phishing" is a common security term. However, recently I've started seeing serious articles and people using the word "phising" (without the second h) as if they are serious.

For example, this entire page: http://ferruh.mavituna.com/ssl-implementation-security-faq-oku/ [link is now dead]

or this SO question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4365294/is-redirecting-http-to-https-a-bad-idea


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It's a misspelling. Even in both links.

phishing (M-W Online)

  1. a scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly

Might not be the best proof, but only 1.2% of all the Google results are for "phising" versus "phishing". I seriously believe this is human err. Furthermore, this is a relativity newer term, so it makes sense for things like this to happen.


Another example from Google Ngram Viewer:

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So we can infer that "phising" was actually a word in the past, and "phishing" was only invented in 1980. However I'm not sure if this chart is reliable or not.

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