Whaling attacks occur when a hacker successfully steals the login credentials of a top executive. The hacker may then try to steal data or authorize fraudulent financial transactions, such as wire transfers to their personal bank accounts.
How to Avoid This:
- Ensure that your organization participates in security awareness training courses.
- If you receive a request for extremely sensitive information, double check with the sender over the phone or in person before complying.
Phishing attacks are quickly becoming more sophisticated and increasingly complex in nature. Always exercise caution with your inbox, be wary of emails prompting you to click on links, and pause before sending out sensitive information. Make sure to stay up to date on security awareness training, and don’t take the bait.