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  • n. phishing against a small group of selected targets who are more likely to be attracted

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Examples

  • Zero-day attacks enabled by the vulnerability could be used for "spearphishing" -- phishing targeted at a select pool of victims, according to antivirus vendor Symantec, which discovered the threat.

    InternetNews Realtime News for IT Managers

  • "spearphishing" -- a tactic in which criminals profile specific users and often design customized e-mails to steal corporate or government secrets.

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  • Even seemingly innocuous information about companies is swiped for "spearphishing" attacks in which hackers dupe influential employees into downloading malicious computer codes into company networks.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • By all reports, the attack appeared to be administrator "spearphishing", so proper authentication/authorization is probably how this breach could have been stopped.

    Forbes.com: News

  • A recent report from the SANS Institute concluded that spearphishing and malicious code embedded in trusted Web sites are the fastest-growing risks for commercial and governmental organizations.

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