Difference between Spear Phishing and Whaling

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Spear Phishing

Spear Phishing is a type of email phishing attack where a personalized email is sent to a specific person or to the organization. The user is tricked to click on a malicious link which seems to be legitimate. When the user clicks on the link, and puts his/her details then attacker steals that sensitive information like login credentials, credit, and debit card details or any other sensitive information.


Whaling is again a type of email phishing attack where top officials like CEO, COO, CTO, etc. are targeted. The attacker sends a mail with a malicious link that looks to come from an authentic source.

The following are some of the important differences between Spear Phishing and Whaling.

Sr. No.KeySpear PhishingWhaling
1TargetsSpear Phishing targets a specific group of people.Whaling targets top officials of an organization.
2FocusSpear phishing focuses on stealing login credentials/ sensitive information.Whaling focuses on fetching trade secrets which can affect a company's performance.
3DesigningSpear Phishing emails are prepared for a group of people.Whaling emails are highly customized for specific persons.
4TargetSpear Phishing targets low profile individuals.Whaling targets high profile individuals.
5PreventionTo prevent spear phishing, we should educate people about such an attackTo prevent whaling attack, education, awareness helps and each URL should be checked before opening.

Published on 16-Apr-2020 06:04:03