Phishing Attack Explained

Shakhawat Hossain - 0xShakhawat
2 min readMar 21, 2023

“Hello and welcome to our channel. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most common types of cyber attacks: phishing.

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In 2016, during the US presidential campaign, a phishing attack was carried out against Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. The attackers sent a phishing email that appeared to come from Google, warning Podesta that there had been unauthorized access to his account and asking him to change his password. The email included a fake login page that looked like Google’s, prompting Podesta to enter his login credentials. The attackers were able to steal Podesta’s credentials and gain access to sensitive emails and documents related to the campaign.

Phishing is a social engineering attack where an attacker sends a fraudulent email, text message, or social media message that appears to come from a legitimate source, such as a bank, online store, or social media platform. The goal of a phishing attack is to trick the recipient into providing sensitive information, such as login credentials, credit card numbers, or personal data.

Phishing attacks can have serious consequences. Attackers can use the stolen information for identity theft, financial fraud, or other illegal activities.

So, how can you protect yourself against phishing attacks? First, be cautious of any message that asks for your personal information or urges you to take immediate action. Always double-check the sender’s email address or website URL, and look out for any misspellings or unusual formatting. Also, be wary of clicking on any links or downloading any attachments from unknown or suspicious sources.

To summarize, phishing is a type of cyber attack that involves luring victims into providing sensitive information. It’s important to stay vigilant and take precautionary measures to protect yourself against such attacks.

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