On 4th November, a news release from Europol said that a report had been published on spear phishing, reflecting the views of both law enforcement and private industry on one of the most prevalent cyber threats currently affecting organisations across the EU.  Spear phishing is the practice of targeting specific individuals within an organisation or business for the purposes of distributing malware or extracting sensitive information.  The report is the result of a 2-day meeting with the European Cybercrime Centre’s 70 key industry partners from internet security, telecommunications and financial services, and it highlights the role of spear phishing as the main attack vector for cybercriminals and  contains the definition of the main modi operandi that criminals use to deceive the target (among others, emails coming from trusted accounts, malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites).

The report is available at –


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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