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New UK Study: “3 out of 4 phishing scams get to your inbox untouched”

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Chris Matyszczyk wrote: “Apple sends me so many invoices every week that I scarcely know what I’ve gone and bought.” This appears to have also crossed the minds of researchers at the UK’s University of Plymouth.

The wise ponderers at the university’s Center for Security, Communications and Network Research thought they’d try and become phishers themselves.

So they grabbed some sample email formulations from phishing attacks of the past and sent them to specific email addresses. The results were truly painful. A fulsome 75% of the linkless messages wafted straight through to inboxes. A hearty 64% of the ones enjoying links also sailed in without so much as a passport check.

Professor Steven Furnell, the Center’s leader, offered a dim view of email providers.

He said: “The poor performance of most providers implies they either do not employ filtering based on language content or that it is inadequate to protect users. Given user’s tendency to perform poorly at identifying malicious messages, this is a worrying outcome.”

As Danny Palmer recently reported, the most common form of phishing threat in your inbox is the personal impersonation. Of course, users should have become more adept at noticing when an email is an evil fake.

You might think, though, that tech companies would have used their sophisticated systems to learn the clumsy wordings of so many of these scammers and made sure that none of these fakes ever reaches their customer’s eyes.”

Stepping your users through new-school security awareness training is still a must.

ZDNet has the story:

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