Routine Activity Theory and Phishing Victimisation: Who Gets Caught in the ‘Net’?

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Title Routine Activity Theory and Phishing Victimisation: Who Gets Caught in the ‘Net’?
Author Hutchings, Alice Jill; Hayes, Hennessey Duane
Journal Name Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney
Abstract Phishing is the use of fraudulent emails to obtain personal financial information from victims by posing as legitimate financial institutions or commerce sites. This exploratory study involved interviewing 104 participants, 50 of whom reported having received a phishing email. The theoretical foundation for this research is Routine Activity Theory, whereby crime is considered to be the consequence of the presence of a motivated offender, the presence of a suitable target, and the absence of a capable guardian. One of the findings arising from this research indicates that potential victims who undertake high levels of routine activities relating to computer use and internet banking use are more likely to be attacked by motivated offenders. However, it is proposed that high measures in these variables also act as protective factors against subsequent victimisation. Additionally, email filters, although they may be effective in blocking a large number of spam emails, are unable to differentiate legitimate emails from some phishing attacks.
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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 jointly held by the Institute of Criminology and the author[s]. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 20
Issue Number 3
Page from 433
Page to 451
ISSN 1034-5329
Date Accessioned 2009-05-13
Date Available 2015-06-09T05:24:06Z
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime; Criminological Theories
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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