Susceptibility to URL-based Internet Attacks: Facebook vs. Email

Conference contribution


Publication Details

Author(s): Benenson Z, Hintz N, Girard A, Luder A
Title edited volumes: 2014 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops, PERCOM WORKSHOPS 2014
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Publication year: 2014
Conference Proceedings Title: 6th IEEE International Workshop on SEcurity and SOCial Networking
Pages range: 1-8


Abstract

The usage of social networking sites has been steadily increasing in the last decade. Communication via social networks has replaced email as the traditional means of electronic communication in many contexts. Accordingly, many types of Internet fraud also spread to social networks. In this work, we make the first to our knowledge direct comparison of users' susceptibility to attacks that involve clicking on dangerous links in Facebook messages versus in emails. We conducted a between-subjects quasi-experiment with 398 users where the users received links from strangers in a Facebook message or via email. We observed the respective clicking behavior and investigated users' attitudes to URL-based attacks by means of a post-experimental survey. Our results show that the communication medium (Facebook vs. email) leads to significant differences in attack susceptibility. Quite surprisingly, the success rate of email-based attacks is significantly higher. © 2014 IEEE.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Benenson, Zinaida Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 1 (IT-Sicherheitsinfrastrukturen)
Hintz, Nadina
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 1 (IT-Sicherheitsinfrastrukturen)


How to cite

APA:
Benenson, Z., Hintz, N., Girard, A., & Luder, A. (2014). Susceptibility to URL-based Internet Attacks: Facebook vs. Email. In 6th IEEE International Workshop on SEcurity and SOCial Networking (pp. 1-8). Budapest, Hungary, HU: IEEE Computer Society.

MLA:
Benenson, Zinaida, et al. "Susceptibility to URL-based Internet Attacks: Facebook vs. Email." Proceedings of the SESOC'14, Budapest, Hungary IEEE Computer Society, 2014. 1-8.

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