Phising – a threat to digital consumers2017-03-15
Today is the World Consumers Rights Day and Computer Science at Karlstad University will in terms of that acknowledge phising as a specific digital threat to consumers with a flyer for anti-Phising training.
“Together with students and researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt we work to counteract phising. Among other things we have produced a flyer for anti-phising training, says Melanie Volkamer”, Professor within Computer Science at Karlstad University and TU Darmstadt. “One big problem consumers face when they use the Internet are messages containing dangerous links - also known as Phishing messages. However, if consumers know how to check links before clicking they can protect themselves. As contribution to today's World Consumer Rights Days, we make the anti-phising training information available in Swedish.”
What is phising?
The term phishing describes the attempt to sending out fraudulent messages (e.g. in emails, social networking messages, Skype messages, but also QR codes) in order to spread malware or obtain sensitive user data. These data might be passwords, banking account or credit card data. Fraudsters use the information people provide to enrich themselves or install malware to compromise sys- tems or steal valuable data.
“The flyer describes one of the most common types of phishing attacks, how you can detect phising URLs”, says Melanie Volkamer. “We have also developed an android app which explains in more detail how to check links for attempted phising attacks. Furthermore, it provides exercises to practise link checking.”
World Consumer Rights Day is always on March 15 and it started 1983 and it started in 1983. The day takes place to mark the consumer rights outlined by President John F. Kennedy. Since then, it became an important annual awareness occasion.