Phishing Attacks in a Mobile Environment

Provided by: Southern Medical Association
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
There is no agreed upon definition for Phishing. Although, the medium of attack may vary, the goal is to steal confidential information from an individual. Classical Phishing attacks via mass mailing have a low return of investment rate. Generally, one mass mailing of 100,000 emails may collect between 10 to 100 victims. On the contrary, Phishing scams targeted to a specific group of people in a certain time, dubbed by \"Spear Phishing\", have higher success rate. Mobile environment provides an optimum atmosphere for such scams to succeed. This paper shows new media of Phishing attacks other than traditional emails scams. This paper presents how Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile applications, and RFID facilitate and increase the potential of success in Spear Phishing.

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