<b>Technology News:</b> Study examines why phishing tricks work. By John Stokdyk

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Four out of 10 phishing sites fooled typical web users in a study carried out by US academics.

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, collected samples of phishing sites and then carried out a useability study in which 22 participants were asked to decide which ones were fraudulent. The survey found that participants made incorrect choices 40% of the time, with the most sophisticated phishing websites fooling 90% of participants.

One reason for the high deception rate was because 23% of participants did not pay attention to warning signals from the address bar in their browser or the security indicators, the study found.

Popup warnings about fraudulent certificates were also found to be ineffective: 15 out of 22 participants proceeded without hesitation...

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04th Apr 2006 14:29

there's a simple answer
If you're on eBay or use PayPal, the simplest way to check is to forward the unopened email to [email protected]/paypal.com

They usually respond within 5 minutes. Another way is to roll the mouse over the links in the email to view the URI. You can usually tell if it's a scam by looking at the link.

Bottom line - most phishing scams are pretty crude - if you know how to tackle them.

BTW - Firefox does a pretty good job of warning users if there is a suspected scam.

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