Whaling

Whaling refers to malicious hacking that targets high ranking executives. Similar to phishing, whaling is where the hacker hunts for data that they can use, but they focus on high-ranking bankers, executives, or others in prominent or powerful positions in an organization. Whalers also attack their Whale targets by hacking into the company networks where these high-ranking executives work, and then target those executives computers with malware such as keyloggers or remote access trojans (aka: RAT).

Related Terms: Keylogger, Malware, Phishing, Remote Access Trojan (RAT)

What should SMB’s do about Whaling?

Protect and educate your C-Suite on the dangers of posting too much information on social media that is open to the public.  The more information a hacker can research on a CEO or CFO, the easier it is to attack them with a Whaling email attack.  

This advice also helps prevent hackers from targeting other employees at your company with bogus emails purportedly from the C-Suite executive with novel and convince phishing schemes based upon the hackers research.

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