Business, Internet

Fishing With A Spear

If you get an e-mail from a colleague down the hall, and all it asks from you is your personal information—delete it forthwith.

[Spear phishing is a] rapidly proliferating form of fraud that comes with a familiar face.

The messages that appear to be from co-workers, friends, or family members, are created to trick you into letting your guard down, online.

The most common targets of spear phishing are government agencies and corporate executives; phishing of such big game is commonly referred to as “whaling.”

Why do all digital malpractices have names with nautical roots? It could have something to do with the adjective “fishy.”

h/t: NYT

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