Whaling attacks: Avoiding the cyberharpoon

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  • whaling

    Whaling is a type of fraud that targets high-profile end users such as C-level corporate executives, politicians and celebrities. 

  • spear phishing

    Spear phishing is an e-mail spoofing fraud attempt that targets a specific organization, seeking unauthorized access to confidential data. As with the e-mail messages used in regular phishing expeditions, spear phishing messages appear to come from ... 

  • content filtering (information filtering)

    On the Internet, content filtering (also known as information filtering) is the use of a program to screen and exclude from access or availability Web pages or e-mail that is deemed objectionable. 

  • Operation Phish Phry

    Operation Phish Phry is a cybercrime investigation carried out by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force and Egyptian authorities. 

  • Rock Phish

    Rock Phish is both a phishing toolkit and the entity that publishes the kit, either a hacker, or, more likely, a sophisticated group of hackers. While the authors of the kit remain anonymous, Rock Phish has become the most popular phishing kit availa... 

  • pharming

    Pharming is a scamming practice in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, misdirecting users to fraudulent Web sites without their knowledge or consent. 

  • spam trap

    A spam trap is the inclusion of an option in an online form that is preselected by default with the expectation that the user will fail to notice the option. 

  • spoof

    Spoof was a game involving trickery and nonsense that was invented by an English comedian, Arthur Roberts, prior to 1884, when it is recorded as having been "revived. 

  • spam cocktail (or anti-spam cocktail)

    A spam cocktail (or anti-spam cocktail) is the use of several different technologies in combination to successfully identify and minimize spam. The use of multiple mechanisms increases the accuracy of spam identification and reduces the number of fal... 

  • mail bomb

    A mail bomb is the sending of a massive amount of e-mail to a specific person or system. 

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