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Shipping Firms Speared with Targeted ‘Whaling’ Attacks

January 9, 2019

Bad actors are imitating high-level executives in the shipping industry to launch BEC attacks that could lead to credential theft or worse – system compromise.

Scammers are honing in on the shipping industry, using “whaling,” a.k.a. business email compromise (BEC) attacks, to scoop up credentials, or worse, compromise critical systems.

Hackers are launching whaling attacks to target various types of employees with some serious online (and sometimes telephone-based) social-engineeringbec scam shipping industry research under their belts, Pen Test Partners researchers said in a Tuesday post.

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