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Did evolution hardwire us to be phished? | Daniela Seabra Oliveira | TEDxUF

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Phishing is social engineering in the cyber world. In this type of cyber attack, malicious messages distributed by all sorts of online communication media (e.g., email, SMS, social media, WhatsApp) attempt to influence internet users into an action or a change of opinion that will go against the user’s (or even society’s) best interests and will benefit the adversary. Professor Daniela Oliveira describes how she and her collaborator, Professor Natalie Ebner, discovered how people’s susceptibility to phishing varies according to age, gender, and levels of emotion and cognition. She also connects susceptibility to phishing to shortcuts our brains normally use to optimize decision making. Daniela Oliveira is the IoT Term Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She then earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis. Her main research interest is interdisciplinary computer security, where she employs successful ideas from other fields to make computer systems more secure. Her current research interests include understanding and addressing cyber deception and phishing from a neuro-psychological perspective. She received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2012 for her innovative research into operating systems’ defense against attacks using virtual machines, the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama, and the 2017 Google Security, Privacy and Anti-Abuse Award. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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