Difference between Phishing and Spear Phishing
There are several types of Email attacks that are used by attackers to steal confidential information from a computer system or network. The confidential information includes login credentials, bank card details, or any other sensitive data. Phishing and Spear Phishing are also types of email attacks.
This is a type of email attack in which an attacker tries to find sensitive information of users in a fraud manner through electronic communication by pretending to be from a related trusted organization. Emails are carefully designed by attackers to target a group and clicking on a link installs malicious code on the computer.
- Stealing bank transaction passwords from users
- Stealing login credentials from users
2. Spear Phishing:
Spear Phishing is a type of email attack in which a specific person or organization is targeted. In spear, a phishing attacker tricks the target to click on malicious links which install malicious code and let the attacker retrieve sensitive information from the targeted system or network.
- Stealing stacks of details from an organization
- Stealing product designing procedures from a company
Difference between Phishing and Spear Phishing :
|Phishing attack is done for a wide range of people.
|Spear phishing is done for specific person or organization.
|Its objective is to steal sensitive data like bank card details from maximum people.
|Its objective is to steal sensitive data from a large company regarding stacks etc.
|It is an automated attack.
|While it is a manual attack.
|The targets selected in phishing are very random.
|While target is specific in spear phishing.
|This is broad and less sophisticated.
|While this is more sophisticated.
|The target has high volume- hundreds or thousands of recipients of spam.
|The target has low volume- sent to one individual or a small group of individuals, such as the accounts department.
|It is mostly done for money.
|While it is done to ruin an organization.
|It is impersonal, such as sending generic greetings.
|It is extremely customized since attackers would research their targets to create a convincing email.
|Phishing includes cyber criminals or professional hackers.
|While spear phishing attackers are business oriented malicious code distributor.
|Usually sent as nasty attachments or links.
|Zero-payload assaults are rather prevalent.
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