Spear Phishing with a Computer!

Sensei Post in Identity Theft

Rise in spear phishing attacks on businesses. Spear phishing attacks are the latest technique used by computer hackers to gain access to secure enterprise networks. Unlike common phishing attacks which target millions of users, spear phishing attack is focused on one end-user or an organization at a time, and typically asks for login IDs and passwords. Spear phishing is time-consuming attack which requires computer hackers study the target company and gather as much information as possible on the structure of the company and its personnel from public available sources such as articles, the company Website and telephone inquires. After a successful spear phishing attack, the attacker installs malicious software that gathers and extracts sensitive private and corporate data, often sold to third parties or used for identity theft.
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