Susceptibility to social engineering in social networking sites: The case of Facebook

Algarni, Abdullah, Xu, Yue, & Chan, Taizan (2015) Susceptibility to social engineering in social networking sites: The case of Facebook. In 36th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015), 13-16 December 2015, Fort Worth, Texas. (In Press)


Past research has suggested that social engineering poses the most significant security risk. Recent studies have suggested that social networking sites (SNSs) are the most common source of social engineering attacks. The risk of social engineering attacks in SNSs is associated with the difficulty of making accurate judgments regarding source credibility in the virtual environment of SNSs. In this paper, we quantitatively investigate source credibility dimensions in terms of social engineering on Facebook, as well as the source characteristics that influence Facebook users to judge an attacker as credible, therefore making them susceptible to victimization. Moreover, in order to predict users’ susceptibility to social engineering victimization based on their demographics, we investigate the effectiveness of source characteristics on different demographic groups by measuring the consent intentions and behavior responses of users to social engineering requests using a role-play experiment.

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ID Code: 89392
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Social Engineering, Deception, Phishing, Source Credibility, Social Networking Sites, Facebook, Security, Trust
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2015 02:47
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 04:59

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