New Spear Phishing Attacks is reporting that a recent spear phishing campaign is targeting the employees of US-based security companies, universities and defense contractors.

These Attacks Are Different

A spear phishing attack usually involves personalized emails sent to certain individuals, addressing them by their actual names, instead of "Dear Customer" or the like. They are more dangerous than plain phishing attacks, because they seem more legitimate.

However, unlike many phishing attacks, these apparently don't ask the victim to go to a web page and enter their login information to their bank or credit card account. One asks the victim to open an attached PDF file, which then installs a Trojan downloader on the user's machine, which then connects to a website and installs the payload. Another installs a remote access tool on the user's machine. Not good.

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