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Phishing for Undergraduates Research in Higher Education Journal Page 100 PHISHING FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

By Ph. D and Darwin L. King


Electronic phishing attempts have grown to unprecedented levels. Phishing can result in identity-theft and can clog email servers. Because educators have a vested interest in student electronic behavior, this study was conducted to empirically investigate the incidence of undergraduate phishing attacks. Survey data was collected each semester during a three-consecutive semester period. Results suggest that student phishing problems are minimal. Only 26 % of respondents indicated receiving phishing email. Of those individuals, merely 16 phishes were received per month. In addition, 97 % of undergraduates ignored the phishing email and did not respond to any phishing requests during the previous year

Topics: phishing, electronic mail, empirical study, undergraduates, survey
Year: 2015
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