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.||Key||Spear Phishing||Whaling|
|1||Targets||Spear Phishing targets a specific group of people.||Whaling targets top officials of an organization.|
|2||Focus||Spear phishing focuses on stealing login credentials/ sensitive information.||Whaling focuses on fetching trade secrets which can affect a company's performance.|
|3||Designing||Spear Phishing emails are prepared for a group of people.||Whaling emails are highly customized for specific persons.|
|4||Target||Spear Phishing targets low profile individuals.||Whaling targets high profile individuals.|
|5||Prevention||To prevent spear phishing, we should educate people about such an attack||To prevent whaling attack, education, awareness helps and each URL should be checked before opening.|