What is a phishing email?

A phishing email is a phishing attack in which a cybercriminal sends an email disguised as legitimate communication from a trusted source to deceive the recipient into opening a malicious attachment or link. When clicked, the link or attachment allows the attacker to gain entry to the victim’s network, steal sensitive information identities, and cause financial losses. These emails are commonly used to spread malware or ransomware, a prevalent tactic cybercriminals use to gain unauthorized access to personal and confidential information.