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Anti-phishing as a web-based user service

Cranston, C. and Weir, G.R.S. (2006) Anti-phishing as a web-based user service. In: Proceedings of e-commerce 2006, 2006-12-09 - 2006-12-11.

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This paper describes the recent phenomenon of phishing, in which email messages are sent to unwitting recipients in order to elicit personal information and perpetrate identity theft and financial fraud. A variety of existing techniques for addressing this problem are detailed and a novel approach to the provision of phishing advice is introduced. This takes the form of a Web-based user-service to which users may forward suspect email messages for inspection. The Anti- Phishing Web Service rates the suspect email and provides a Web-based report that the submitter may view. This approach promises benefits in the form of added security for the end-user and insight on the factors that are most revealing of phishing attacks.