Phishing Risks in a University Student Community

Broadhurst R, Skinner K, Sifniotis N, Matamoros-Macias B & Ipsen Y 2020. Phishing risks in a university student community. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 587. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

16 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Katie Skinner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nick Sifniotis

(ANU) - Cybercrime Observatory; Australian National University (ANU), Students

Bryan Matamoros-Macias,

Australian National University (ANU), Students

Yuguang Ipsen

Australian National University (ANU), Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Applied Statistics, Students

Date Written: February 13, 2020

Abstract

In an exploratory quasi-experimental study, 138 students recruited during a university orientation week were exposed to social engineering directives in the form of fake emails, or phishing, over several months in 2017. The study assessed the risks of cybercrime for students by observing their responses. Three types of scam emails were distributed that varied in the degree of individualisation: generic, tailored, and targeted or ‘spear’. The study explored the influence of scam type, cybercrime awareness, gender, IT competence and perceived internet safety on susceptibility to email scams.

Although tailored and individually crafted email scams were more likely to induce engagement than generic scams, differences were not significant. Analysis of the variables showed that international students and first year students were deceived by significantly more scams than domestic students and later year students.

Keywords: phishing, social engineering, spam, cybercrime

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic and Skinner, Katie and Sifniotis, Nick and Matamoros-Macias,, Bryan and Ipsen, Yuguang, Phishing Risks in a University Student Community (February 13, 2020). Broadhurst R, Skinner K, Sifniotis N, Matamoros-Macias B & Ipsen Y 2020. Phishing risks in a university student community. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 587. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3537299

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Katie Skinner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nick Sifniotis

(ANU) - Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Australian National University (ANU), Students ( email )

Canberra
Australia

Bryan Matamoros-Macias,

Australian National University (ANU), Students ( email )

Canberra
Australia

Yuguang Ipsen

Australian National University (ANU), Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Applied Statistics, Students ( email )

Kingsley Street
Acton
Australia
6125 5871 (Phone)

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