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What is phishing? Examples, types, and techniques

November 2, 2023


Phishing is a type of cyberattack that uses disguised email as a weapon. Variations of phishing use text messages, voicemail, or QR codes. These attacks use social engineering techniques to trick the email recipient into believing that the message is something they want or need–a request from their bank, for instance, or a note from someone in their company–and to click a link or download an attachment. Phishing emails can be targeted in several different ways, with some not being targeted at all, some being “soft targeted” at someone playing a particular role in an organization, and some being targeted at specific, high-value people.

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