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Spear phishers sharpen skills, craft 'incredible' attacks, say experts

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | June 14, 2011
Recent break-ins at high-profile targets like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demonstrate just how proficient hackers have become at "spear phishing," researchers said today.

As for defending against spear phishing, neither expert had a clear-cut answer. "There's no silver bullet," said Jevans, though he noted that isolating browsers and email clients in anti-malware "sandboxes" shows promise.

"There's not one thing that will stop this," echoed Haley. "All it takes is one user who goes into their junk mail folder and clicks on a link. We have to continue developing technical solutions, but if we ignore user education about targeted attacks we do ourselves a disservice."


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