Difference between Spear Phishing and Whaling
Spear Phishing and Whaling both are different type of Email phishing attacks that attackers use to steal your confidential information. This confidential information might include login credentials, credit & debit card details, and other sensitive data.
Spear Phishing: This type of phishing targets a specific person or organization. In this attack, the attacker tricks the victim to click on malicious links which installs malicious code, which lets the attacker retrieve all the sensitive information from the target system or network.
Whaling: Whaling is also a type of phishing attack. In this attack high level personnel of an organization such as CEO, COO, CTO are targeted. Attackers send emails or text messages that seem legitimate but contain malicious links.
Difference between Spear Phishing and Whaling:
|S. No.||Spear Phishing||Whaling|
|1.||Targets specific group of people or organization.||Targets only high level directives of an organization.|
|2.||Main focus is to steal corporate banking information.||Main focus is to steal admin credentials or trade secrets.|
|3.||Email or message is designed for group of people.||Email or message is for specific person.|
|4.||Targets low profile individual.||Targets high profile individual.|
|5.||To prevent this attack educate people about such attacks.||Check the URL before actually clicking it.|