Spearphishing: The Dirty Email Trick Favored by the Nastiest Hackers
By: Cadie Thompson, CNBC
A new report
says that the Chinese military is secretly obtaining sensitive data
from U.S. companies. A key technique is "spearphishing," an approach
that tricks a targeted individual to reveal information that can be used
to infiltrate the company or government agency that person works for.
Security companies have been warning about spearfishing for the last
two to three years, and its use is increasing. But now that it has
become top news, thanks to a report from U.S. computer-security firm
Mandiant Corp. explaining how Chinese operatives tricked workers at
Coca-Cola and other major American firms, what is at the top of many
people's minds is this: How do you know if you're being spearphished?