Friday, June 03, 2011

Spear Phishing Uses Friendly Faces to Spread E-Mail Fraud - NYTimes.com

This time it’s personal

The security specialists say these efforts are a far cry from more standard phishing attempts, which involve spraying the Internet with millions of e-mails that appear to be from, say, Citibank in the hope of snaring a few unfortunate Citibank customers. Spear phishing entails sending highly targeted pitches that can look authentic because they appear to come from a trusted source and contain plausible messages.

As such, the specialists say, the overtures are becoming very difficult for recipients to detect.

Spear Phishing Uses Friendly Faces to Spread E-Mail Fraud - NYTimes.com

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