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- n. phishing against a small group of selected targets who are more likely to be attracted
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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.
"spearphishing" -- a tactic in which criminals profile specific users and often design customized e-mails to steal corporate or government secrets.
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.
By all reports, the attack appeared to be administrator "spearphishing", so proper authentication/authorization is probably how this breach could have been stopped.
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.