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    sending emails to a targeted group of people in an attempt to get important personal details from them; it is different from ordinary phishing because it is not sent to random people
    More advanced spear-phishing attacks have been on the rise in the past year, in part because it’s so much easier for hackers to customize enticing messages based on data pulled from social networks.
    Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/01/2012 15:14:00

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