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Whaling scam emails are designed to masquerade as a critical business email, sent from a legitimate business authority.The content is meant to be tailored for upper management, and usually involves some kind of falsified company-wide concern.These types of attacks (known as cross-site scripting) are particularly problematic, because they direct the user to sign in at their bank or service's own web page, where everything from the web address to the security certificates appears correct.In reality, the link to the website is crafted to carry out the attack, making it very difficult to spot without specialist knowledge. A Universal Man-in-the-middle (MITM) Phishing Kit, discovered in 2007, provides a simple-to-use interface that allows a phisher to convincingly reproduce websites and capture log-in details entered at the fake site.
The sender is attempting to trick the recipient into revealing confidential information by "confirming" it at the phisher's website.
According to the 3rd Microsoft Computing Safer Index Report released in February 2014, the annual worldwide impact of phishing could be as high as billion.
and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are almost identical to the legitimate one.
It may claim to be a resend of the original or an updated version to the original.
This technique could be used to pivot (indirectly) from a previously infected machine and gain a foothold on another machine, by exploiting the social trust associated with the inferred connection due to both parties receiving the original email.