Spear Phishing –

A spearfishing attack is an attack that is directed to a specific person or department of an organization via email.

Such email must look like from a legitimate person or trusted source and will ask the person or a department to execute an action. Most of such attacks will ask the person or department to run a payment or install a program or open a specific document.

This kind of attack is not very technical but more psychological.

To successfully execute such an attack the perpetrator needs to do background information checks on the company and the department.

To visualize the attack imagine someone that is trying to get the big fish with a spear rather than fishing with a big hoping to catch anyone.
And this, in a nutshell, is the difference between spear phishing and phishing.

Back to Cyber Glossary


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share via
Choose A Format
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format
Send this to a friend