Wednesday, November 08, 2006

One in Ten Respond to Phishing Attacks

According to recent research described in the New Scientist, "One in 10 internet users may be lured into handing over sensitive personal information such as a credit card number, by fraudulent 'phishing' emails".

Phishing involves the use of messages made to look like they come from a legitimate source such as a financial institution in an attempt to get consumers to divulge personal data that can then be used for fraudulent ends.

For the purposes of their experiment, 2 researchers at Indiana University were able to create and modify e-mail messages resembling those of the eBay auction site. The log-in feature had been tweaked to point to a fake site if and when recipients clicked on a link. They wanted to test how many people were be be fooled into responding. ¸

Previous studies had anticipated at most a 5% response rate.

Earlier Library Boy posts about phishing include:

[Source - beSpacific]

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