Study looks at who gets phished by Internet scammers
Published on April 14 2011
Being technologically savvy does not mean you are safe from email phishing attempts. In fact, the more active someone is online, the more likely they are to be targeted.
Those are the findings of a recent study conducted by Teju Herath, an assistant professor of Information Systems at Brock University, as part of a team at University at Buffalo (UB). The soon-to-be-published study found that the more email and online relationships you have, the more likely you are to receive a phishing attack.
The team looked at a phishing attempt targeted at UB staff and students, some of whom handed over their user names and passwords. They found that the more active someone is in cyberspace, the more phishing attempts they’ll receive, and the more email they get, the more likely they are to respond hurriedly and hand over personal information.