Cyber criminals target large organizations in 'whaling' attacks

Monday - 10/3/2011, 9:02am EDT


Cyber criminals are increasingly netting big-fish victims by using a technique called "whaling" — a targeted spear phishing attack that aims for large organizations.

Cyber criminals are increasingly netting big-fish victims by using a technique called "whaling" — a targeted spear phishing attack that aims for large organizations.

According to a mid-year trend report from IBM, the whaling technique is on the rise and has been used to gain access to critical data from big companies and agencies.

The report's findings come amid what the authors call the "Year of the Security Breach"because of the large number of "high-profile attacks and network compromises that have occurred this year."

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