Whaling, the new fashionable cyberattack

On the web, no one is safe from a cyberattack. It must be said that cybercriminals are never short of ideas to trap Internet users. They often use what is called phishing. This is a cyberattack which involves using fake accounts to send emails to random people.

These e-mails are designed in such a way as to encourage Internet users to provide their personal information, such as their bank details or their identifiers. In general, phishing targets ordinary people. While some Internet users are not yet armed enough to face it, we are already witnessing the emergence of a new cyberattack.

Whaling, the new fashionable cyberattack
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This is whaling and it mainly targets large fish.

Business leaders have to worry about

From now on, business leaders must be on their guard. In fact, whaling or “whaling” mainly targets bigwigs. This new cyberattack has seen a boom since companies were forced to dematerialize most of their activities due to the global pandemic.

Cybercriminals see it as an opportunity to catch bigger fish in their nets. Today, they mainly target business leaders, financial directors and even senior executives. Cybercriminals have developed a well-established strategy to ensure that the odds are in their favor.

Well-crafted messages

At a time when cyberattacks are becoming more and more common, Internet users are starting to be extra vigilant. Cybercriminals must therefore take care of the presentation of their scam if they want to succeed in trapping big fish. This is exactly what the followers of whaling do.

According to the CNews site, they take care to write irreproachable e-mails so as not to arouse the suspicions of the victims. As with phishing, they use fake accounts and impersonate the employees of their targets. Their goal is to access victims' personal information or their money through a wire transfer.

The cybersecurity company Kaspersky said Internet users were more likely to fall for the trap because they would hesitate "to refuse a request made by a superior. "She went on to explain that whaling will intensify in 2021" because cybercriminals can use the personal information shared online to create very convincing lures and infect corporate email. "

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