Volume 5

Volume 5, Number 36

December 11, 2007

11 pages537 K bytes

Getting A Hook On Phishing

Charles E. Frank
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099 USA

Laurie A. Werner
Miami University Hamilton
Hamilton, OH 45011 USA

Abstract: Despite increased user awareness, phishing activities represent a serious threat to information security. Phishing sites are increasingly sophisticated and continue to defraud users. Computing professionals need to know how phishing works. This paper presents a series of laboratory exercises to educate future computing professionals about the mechanics of phishing attacks. These laboratories teach students how an email “from” address can be spoofed, how phishing emails can lure their victims, and how easy it is to produce a fraudulent web site and a phishing email. This paper discusses how future computing professionals can minimize phishing vulnerabilities.

Keywords: phishing, security, spam, phishing email, laboratory activity

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Recommended Citation: Frank and Werner (2007). Getting A Hook On Phishing. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (36). http://isedj.org/5/36/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2007: §3523. ISSN: 1542-7382.)