What is spear phishing? / What is a spear phishing attack?

Spear phishing is a targeted email phishing attack where the attacker specifically targets an individual or organization. The attacker gathers information about the targeted individual, such as personal details or work information, and creates a personalized email using this information. The attacker may also disguise themselves as a specific person, such as a colleague or a trusted authority figure, and use social engineering tactics to send the email with a malicious link to the targeted individual. The goal is to trick the targeted individual into clicking on the link, which may download malware onto their device or redirect them to a phishing website, allowing the attacker to gain access to sensitive information.