Spear phishing

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Spear phishing is a variant on the 'phishing' email-based fraud.


In spear phishing, the fraudsters send emails purporting to be from a trusted individual or organisation already known to the victim or the victim's employer.

The fraudsters often aim to induce the victim to reveal confidential company data, enabling further more aggressive stages of cyber attack on the company.


The name 'spear phishing' is a grim joke variant on 'spear fishing'.


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