Difference between Phishing and Spear Phishing

There are several types of Email attacks that are used by attackers to steal confidential information from computer system or network. The confidential information includes login credentials, bank card details, or any other sensitive data. Phishing and Spear Phishing are also such types of email attacks.

1. Phishing :
This is a type of email attack in which 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 link installs malicious code on computer.

Examples –

  • Stealing bank transaction password from users
  • Stealing login credentials from users



2. Spear Phishing :
Spear Phishing is type of email attack in which specific person or organization is targeted. In spear phishing attacker tricks target to click on malicious links which installs malicious code and let attacker retrieve sensitive information from targeted system or network.

Examples –



  • Stealing stacks details from an organization
  • Stealing product designing procedure from a company



Difference between Phishing and Spear Phishing :

PHISHING 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.
It is mostly done for money. While it is done to ruin an organization.
Phishing includes cyber criminals or professional hackers. While spear phishing attackers are business oriented malicious code distributor.

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