What is a Phishing Attack? Total
This attack is carried out as part of a social engineering attack where personal
sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card details, etc., tries to get
the victim through human-to-human interaction. This is done in such a way that the
attacker tricks the victim by opening a malicious link via email, instant messages in
applications such as WhatsApp, or from a text message. Clicking on the link can
lead to the installation of malicious software, disclosure of confidential information,
system freeze, which is called a ransomware attack. The purpose of this attack is
mainly due to the bad intentions of the attacker. This can include shutting down the
system, receiving funds, money, harming third-party victims in any way possible.
Phishing is the simplest type of cyberattack, but still effective and dangerous. Since
phishers try to directly exploit users, this does not imply exploitation of a technical
vulnerability. Nowadays everyone has access to the Internet and digital evolution is
taking place, it is necessary to have proper knowledge of this type of attack to avoid
any loss in the future.
In this article, we'll go over some important aspects of phishing attacks that will help
Types of phishing attacks
While there are different types of phishing attacks, the goal is the same - “to get
something”. Some of the main types include:
The Spear phishing attack specifically targets an individual or organization. It targets
a specific group, where each has a specific commonality. During a phishing attack,
attackers often collect personal information about their target and use it. This
increases the likelihood of success as the victim cheats on the information.
A phishing attack aimed primarily at higher-level targets such as senior executives,
CEOs, etc. is called whaling.
In this attack, the Attacker clones the original email that was delivered earl