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spear phishing

Spear phishing is the use of highly personalised emails by hackers to create initial footholds on victims' networks. These spear-phishing emails are often well written and appear to be sent from a personal associate of the target. Typically, if a target replies they might receive a perfectly reasonable response back which would encourage the trust of the target. A subsequent email might then include an email attachment that would launch a malicious program.

 

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