Three Types of Potentially Malicious Emails - SPAM/Phishing/Spear Phishing

E-mail spam are messages sent to many people, often simultaneously, that either contain web links to Internet websites that host malware or contain executable malware within the message designed to infect the computer when opened. These messages are also called junk e-mail. Below is an example of an email with a web link than can contain malware.

Phishing is the term for messages sent to individuals via e-mail or text message with the intent to fool unsuspecting recipients into providing personal information, such as user names, passwords and financial account information. They often employ social engineering tactics by creating messages that appear to be legitimate. These messages can also lure individuals to malware-hosting websites. Below is an example of Phishing email.

Spear phishing differs from phishing in that it targets a specific department, division or college, seeking unauthorized access to protected information. These messages allegedly come from IT support staff or other professionals in a position of authority from within the targeted department, division or college. As with phishing, these e-mails will attempt to trick users into divulging personal or financial information, or their credentials, or entice them into clicking on a link that could install malware on the computer.

Was this helpful?
33% helpful - 3 reviews


Article ID: 2792
Fri 11/21/14 3:14 PM
Mon 12/16/19 11:02 AM