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Behind the Scenes of a Spear Phishing Attack

Author: ITS

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

Category: IT Security , General Interest

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="234"]timeline of a phish Click the image to see the whole poster[/caption] Want to know how cyber criminals plan a spear phishing attack? It may come as a surprise, but months of planning can go into an attack. What’s even more troublesome is that it can takes months to undo or repair the damages caused by a successful attack. PhishMe, a Cyber Security company, has come up with eye-catching, informative posters to help spread awareness. See their “Timeline of a phish” poster to learn just how cybercriminals plan a spear phishing attack. It all begins with the cybercriminals researching the people they plan to target in a phishing attack. Do you know how to spot a phishing attack? Look for the common warning signs:
  1. Unknown sender
  2. Grammatical errors
  3. Plays on your emotions (signs of urgency, distress)
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