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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1399 So much for counter-phishing training: Half of people click anything sent to them
Security experts often talk about the importance of educating people about the risks of "phishing" e-mails containing links to malicious websites. But sometimes, even awareness isn't enough. A study by researchers at a university in Germany found that about half of the subjects in a recent experiment clicked on links from strangers in e-mails and Facebook messages—even though most of them claimed to be aware of the risks.

The researchers at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, led by FAU Computer Science Department Chair Dr Zinaida Benenson, revealed the initial results of the study at this month's Black Hat security conference. Simulated "spear phishing" attacks were sent to 1,700 test subjects—university students—from fake accounts.
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#1406 Research: Companies fear mobile devices as massive cybersecurity threat
#1405 Cybercrime and cyberwar: A spotter's guide to the groups that are out to get you
#1404 How one man could have owned GitHub, and what happened next…
#1403 Building a new Tor that can resist next-generation state surveillance
#1402 New version of Cerber ransomware distributed via malvertising
#1401 Dropbox hackers stole e-mail addresses, hashed passwords from 68M accounts
#1400 Fairware attacks targeting Linux servers
#1399 So much for counter-phishing training: Half of people click anything sent to them
#1398 Thousands of security threats happen every five minutes: Trend Micro VP
#1397 SWIFT warns banks of more cyberattacks
#1396 Chrome 53 fixes address spoofing vulnerability and 32 other bugs
#1395 Hackers stole over 43 million Last.fm accounts in 2012 breach
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