Post Tue May 06, 2008 8:15 am

Hackers Harpoon US Execs

"Hackers Harpoon US Executives With Phony Email Subpoenas" - Full Article

US federal court officials have warned that hackers are emailing phony subpoenas embedded with malicious software to high-ranking executives to steal valuable corporate information.

Internet security insiders refer to the attacks as "whaling" because they use social-engineering trickery involved in "phishing" but target individual "big phish" instead of casting nets in a sea of Internet users.

"The success rate was incredibly high,"


Just more evidence of the undeniable security risk of the human element.