What Is a Phishing Attack?
What are the types of phishing attacks?
What Is Whaling Phishing?
How Whaling Phishing Is Distributed
Smishing (SMS Phishing)
Vishing (Voice Phishing)
How Whaling Phishing Attacks Work
- First, an attacker would do research about the potential target, his role in the company, and his relationship with other employees.
- Secondly, based on the data the attacker has found, he will create a tailored phishing email that looks like a legitimate email. Remember from the previous part, that is how HR and Finance departments from Seagate and FACC Cyber Heist were tricked.
- From there, the attacker will attempt to deceive and convince the target into clicking on the link or attachment to gain access to the system. Once the victim clicks on the link, the attacker will need to bypass security measures, inject a malicious payload, and ultimately steal data and sensitive information.
Examples of Whaling Attacks
Detecting a Whaling Attack
Check the email address
Check the email content
Urgent actions are needed
Flag external emails
Report whaling attempts
How to Protect Your Organization From Whaling Phishing With Hornetsecurity
What is whaling phishing?
What is whale vs. spear phishing?
What is an example of whaling phishing?
- Unencrypted Email Conversation Interception – Cybercriminals can seize and disrupt unencrypted email exchanges to redirect substantial bank transfers.
- Malicious Meeting Invitation – Employing a deceptive tactic, attackers might arrange a fictitious meeting while embedding a malware link masked as a Zoom link.
- Deceptive Payroll Data Request – Cyber attackers could pose as legitimate sources, requesting confidential payroll details for present and former employees, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud.
What is whaling also known as?
What safeguards can be taken to defend against whaling phishing attacks?
- Perform Security Awareness Training for employees
- Utilize Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
- Email filtering and verification
- Validation of email addresses
- Exercise caution regarding urgency
- Implement Security Policies