Wednesday, April 01, 2009

FBI warns workplace and organizational computer users about "spear phishing"

The FBI has put up a special page warning Internet users about the practice of “spear phishing”, link here.

Spear phishers send emails to a narrower or more targeted group of individuals, such as those who work for one company or support one organization. They may have gotten personal information on employees or members by hacking into an organization’s network. Then they send emails that make it appear that they came from the organization, often abusing the organization’s trademarks. Then the hackers use stolen information, either directly from the hacking or from answers supplied by the misled targets, for identity theft or bank fraud.

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