Cyber criminals target large organizations in ‘whaling’ attacks

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.

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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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