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Who is more susceptible to phishing emails? : a Saudi Arabian study

By Ibrahim Alseadoon, Taizan Chan, Ernest Foo and Juan M. Gonzalez Nieto


Phishing emails cause enormous losses to both users and organisations. The goal of this study is to determine which individuals are more vulnerable to phishing emails. To gain this information an experiment has been developed which involves sending phishing email to users and collecting information about users. The detection deception model has been applied to identify users’ detection behaviour. We find that users who have less email experience and high levels of submissiveness have increased susceptibility. Among those, users who have high susceptibility levels and high openness and extraversion are more likely to carry on the harmful action embedded in phishing emails

Topics: 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified, phishing emails, phishing attacks, ability to suspect phishing emails, human factors, human behaviour
Publisher: Deakin University
Year: 2012
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