"Phishing" e-mails appear to be sent by legitimate businesses, but are actually created and distributed by thieves who are trying to steal personal information. Photo by: David Bricker
The number of people who succumb to identity thieves’ "phishing" e-mails could go way up if immediate action isn’t taken to preempt the next generation of attacks, according to Markus Jakobsson, an Indiana University School of Informatics researcher.
A report by cybersecurity expert Jakobsson describing worst-case phishing scenarios was recently cited by Howard Schmidt, chief information security officer for eBay Inc., during his testimony before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on government reform. The report has also been presented to members of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, based in Washington, D.C.
"I came up with the worst kind of attacks I could think of and then worked on how to defend against them," said Jakobsson, who is associate director of IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. "Phishers haven’t invented these attacks yet, but the phishing attacks that are happening now are getting more and more sophisticated."
David Bricker | EurekAlert!
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