The bigger the phish, the fatter the payoff for cybercriminals. That thinking is driving a spate of whaling cyberattacks targeting C-level executives and their employees around the globe.
Whaling attacks go far beyond the typical phishing expedition in that perpetrators do their homework and learn everything they can about their intended C-suite victims and their organizations to ultimately convince them or their associates to give up credentials, information and/or financial assets. They produce believable emails that appear to be from trusted internal or external business partners that actually contain malware and URLs to download malicious payloads and link to dubious web sites all in hopes of a handsome payday.
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