This attack targets the most important people in an organization. Most times CEO’s, CFO’s or key personnel in the I.T. department. The name can be understood by this analogy. A hunter can cast a wide net and catch a lot of small fish or he can use a spear to catch a few big fish. The attack is usually done via phone, email or in person thru social engineering.
Educating all users about threat mitigation and potential threats can reduce the effects of spear phishing.
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