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What is a Phishing Attack?

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What is a Phishing Attack?

Phishing is a technique used by frauds in which they disguise themselves as trustworthy entities and they gather the target’s sensitive information such as username, password, etc., Phishing is a means of obtaining personal information through the use of misleading emails and websites. Phishing attempts to persuade an email recipient that the message is something that they want, such as a request from their bank or a letter from a co-worker, and that they should click a link or download an attachment.

Phishing continues to be a common but hazardous threat to business. It is easy to do and pays big dividends for cybercriminals. Hackers take advantage of the trust factor by impersonating a trustworthy entity in order to obtain sensitive or personal information.

Before going any further, have a look at this video in which our Cybersecurity specialists explain phishing attacks in detail:


Common Phishing Attack Examples

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Types of Phishing Attacks

Types of Phishing attack

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Phishing Tools

Some of the Phishing tools are discussed below:


It is a highly effective social engineering tool that can be used to gather user credentials and other useful information. This modern phishing tool offers some of the most advanced phishing capabilities and multiple tunneling services. 


GoPhish is an easy-to-use phishing tool that can be used to stimulate engagements and help train employees. It can be easily run on Linux, macOS, and Windows desktops. This tool is specially designed for businesses and penetration testers. Apart from setting up phishing engagements, GoPhish can also be used to create and monitor phishing campaigns, landing pages, sending profiles, and many more. 


It is a powerful open-source phishing tool that is popularly used to attack targets. It is an easy-to-use tool that offers phishing template webpages for 18 popular sites such as Instagram, Google, Facebook, etc. In addition to this, the SellPhish tool allows you to create customized templates. With the help of this tool, an attacker can extract crucial information such as IDs and passwords. 


BlackEye is a LAN phishing tool that can clone more than 30 networks such as Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Shopify, Snapchat, and several other big websites templates to generate phishing pages. It also provides a custom template option to generate a custom phishing page 


evilginx2 is a man-in-the-middle framework that is used for phishing login credentials. It also steals information about login cookies, which in turn allows bypassing the 2-factor authentication protection. This phishing tool is a successor to evilginx, released in 2017, which used a custom version of the Nginx HTTP server to provide man-in-the-middle functionality to act as a proxy between a browser and a phished website. The present version provides easy to set up and use capabilities. 


Phishing Attack Techniques

Phishing attack techniques

Phishing Attack Prevention

Customers and organizations should both take precautions to avoid phishing attacks.



Hackers are becoming more sophisticated as technology progresses, aiming to thwart protection and carry out more attacks. Hackers’ primary goal is to persuade victims to provide a large sum of money or reveal some sensitive information. Many email spoofs are simple to recognize with impersonal greetings, incorrect URLs, or fear-inducing messages, but the purpose of email spoofing is to convince recipients to open and even reply to a solicitation.

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