[Irtalk] The Psychology of Phishing - Slashdot

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 19:42:13 SAST 2014

Phishing emails are without a doubt one of the biggest security issues
consumers and businesses face today. Cybercriminals understand that we are
a generation of clickers and they use this to their advantage. They will
take the time to create sophisticated phishing emails because they
understand that today users can tell-apart spam annoyances from useful
email, however they still find it difficult identifying phishing emails,
particularly when they are tailored to suit each recipient individually.
Fake emails are so convincing and compelling that they fool 10% of
recipients into clicking on the malicious link. *To put that into context a
legitimate marketing department at a FTSE 100 company typically expects
less than a 2% click rate on their advertising campaigns. So, how are the
cybercriminals out-marketing the marketing experts?*

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