Experimental Case Studies for Investigating E-Banking Phishing Techniques and Attack Strategies

Research paper by Maher Aburrous, M. A. Hossain, Keshav Dahal, Fadi Thabtah

Indexed on: 30 Apr '10Published on: 30 Apr '10Published in: Cognitive Computation


Phishing is a form of electronic identity theft in which a combination of social engineering and Web site spoofing techniques is used to trick a user into revealing confidential information with economic value. The problem of social engineering attack is that there is no single solution to eliminate it completely, since it deals largely with the human factor. This is why implementing empirical experiments is very crucial in order to study and to analyze all malicious and deceiving phishing Web site attack techniques and strategies. In this paper, three different kinds of phishing experiment case studies have been conducted to shed some light into social engineering attacks, such as phone phishing and phishing Web site attacks for designing effective countermeasures and analyzing the efficiency of performing security awareness about phishing threats. Results and reactions to our experiments show the importance of conducting phishing training awareness for all users and doubling our efforts in developing phishing prevention techniques. Results also suggest that traditional standard security phishing factor indicators are not always effective for detecting phishing websites, and alternative intelligent phishing detection approaches are needed.