How Phishing is Classified(Part 1)?
In the last article we learned the literal meaning of Phishing, now let’s learn the elaborated version of it that is its types. Now phishing attacks are diversely classified. Read more and educate yourself about each of these below.
Spear Phishing: The most common type of Phishing is Spear phishing and highly dangerous. The act of fraud by sending illegitimate emails to the target is spear phishing. The email can be sent to you by an attacker through a trusted source or person and you can’t even identify if it’s real or contains a virus that can enter your system thereby hacking it and extracting all the information. You can protect yourself by verifying it correctly and not clicking any website link sent to you on suspicious emails.
Clone Phishing: Clone Phishing is one step ahead of spear and the major difference is that in clone phishing, a hacker uses the verified email with the inappropriate data that can harm your system if accessed. These emails are actually clones and difficult to identify as if Flipkart has sent you some email but it’s the clone of the real one thus making you click on it. Download anti-virus software for this.
Angler Phishing: Angler Phishing is completely different from previous ones except for being harmful. Its deception mainly exists on social media. The attacker uses a bot to message organizations or big social media accounts to enter into their system. They generally try to spam the accounts of such companies with bad reviews which often attracts others especially that particular organization to look into the matter. They act as bait to lure people to let them access your data. You just have to be careful to not let anyone entering in your system, if you find suspicious accounts check if they are verified then go ahead in accessing their resources.
There are more types of phishing attacks which we’ll talk about in part 2. Be careful and ensure precisely everything because safety matters.