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Baiting attacks use something to pique a victim’s interest or curiosity. They lure a victim into a trap to steal personal information or corrupt systems with malware.

They do something to try and entice the victim.

One example of baiting would be to use physical media to spread malware. For example the attacker would leave the bait such as a USB stick where a victim may find it (car park, elevator etc of a targeted company). It may have a label on it identifying it as authentic such as “company payroll list”. Victim inserts it into a work or home computer resulting in automatic malware installation on the system.

Online baiting may consist of enticing ads on the internet which then lead to malicious sites encouraging users to download an infected application.

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