Interesting BBC article.
The targeted attack used by hackers to compromise e-mail accounts of top US officials is reaching ‘epidemic’ proportions, say security experts.
The scam, known as spear phishing, was used in a bid to get passwords of Gmail accounts so they could be monitored.
Via a small number of customised messages it tries to trick people into visiting a web page that looks genuine so users type in login names.
Such attacks are often aimed at top officials or chief executives.