> What Is Phishing
Phishing in the digital world is similar to fishing in the general public’s understanding, and it is very simple: The Phisher casts a bait, and waits to see who will bite. And just like fishing can cost a fish its life, Phishing can very well cost you your lifelong earnings or reputation or sometimes even both.
Spear Phishing is basically the same as phishing, except the target is different. While phishing is something targeted at an entire population, much like casting a net and waiting to see what fish is going to get tangled, spear Phishing is targeting one specific individual.
If a specific person in accounting receives an email that appears to be from his supervisor, that mentions them by name, that is probably spear Phishing.
“Whaling” is another term you may come across, and it is about the same crime, but targeting the highest ranking officials and CEOs.