A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing


Phishing works more frequently on those who understand what social engineering is than on those who live in blissful ignorance, or so a studyof students at University of Maryland, Baltimore County suggests.

Citing IBM data suggesting human error is a factor in 95 per cent of security incidents, researchers from the school’s department of computer science and electrical engineering conducted a phishing test to assess the relationship between demographic factors and susceptibility to phishing.

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Source: The Register