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What is a Whaling Attack? Identify & Prevent Whale Phishing
Are your company executives vulnerable to an attack? A whaling attack is very similar to a phishing attack, just with bigger targets such as the c-suite. In this article, learn how to stay ahead of the threat and prevent a data breach. What is a Whaling Attack? A whaling attack is a spear phishing attack against a high-level executive. This is usually a C-level employee, like a Chief Executive or Chief Financial Officer. In this attack, the hacker attempts to manipulate the target. The goal might be high-value money transfers or trade secrets. The term whaling (or whale phishing) refers to the high value of the target. How Whale Phishing Works. Urgency: One common phishing tactic is to create a sense of urgency. Whaling attacks are no different. Whaling attacks usually imply massive consequence and a short time frame. Urgency discourages the target from taking time to consider their actions. High risk / low effort: The attacker may threaten a costly lawsuit or public relations exposure. These threats would be disastrous to the company or individual. The hacker wants the target to bypass security procedure.
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