Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Techniques for detecting zero day phishing websites
by Blasi, Michael, M.S., Iowa State University, 2009, 89; 1465719
Abstract (Summary)

Phishing is a means of obtaining confidential information through fraudulent web sites that appear to be legitimate. There are many phishing detection techniques available, but current practices leave much to be desired. A central problem is that web browsers rely on a black list of known phishing sites, but some phishing sites have a lifespan as short as a few hours. A faster recognition system is needed by the web browser to identify zero day phishing sites which are new phishing sites that have not yet been discovered.

This research improves upon techniques used by popular anti-phishing software and introduces a new method of detecting fraudulent web pages using cascading style sheets (CSS). Current phishing detection techniques are examined and a new detection method is implemented and evaluated against hundreds of known phishing sites.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guan, Yong
Commitee: Jacobson, Doug, Schmidt, Steffen
School: Iowa State University
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Computer science
Keywords: Identity theft, Internet fraud, Internet security, Phishing, Web security
Publication Number: 1465719
ISBN: 9781109252699
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