What Is Phishing and What to Do About It
- Deceptive Phishing- This type of phishing is the most common. It’s usually sent to the masses in the shape of your bank telling you that there has been suspicious activity on your debit card and to click a link to verify your account, or a social media site telling you to update your password or else they will take a negative action towards your account.
- Spear Phishing- When an attack is targeted to a single person. Hackers research the target on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and paid information sites to make the attack as authentic as possible. Spear phishing is usually the first step to performing a full-blown attack on your computer.
- Whaling- Cleverly named, whaling refers to hackers going after the “big fish” – or the executives of a company. This requires a hacker to do a deep dive in researching their victim and getting all of their facts straight to be as convincing as possible. They often ask for wire transfers to different countries, tax information on employees, and disclosing the company’s financial information. High level executives often have the most access to company information; including credentials to critical business applications, client contact information, and finances.