Empirical Study of Email Security Threats and Countermeasures

  • Dhinaharan NagamalaiEmail author
  • Beatrice Cynthia Dhinakaran
  • Abdulkadir Ozcan
  • Ali Okatan
  • Jae-Kwang Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 284)


Due to wide range of users, email had emerged as one of the preferred method to intrude Local area networks and end users. In this paper we examine the characteristics of various email security threats and the technology used by attackers. In order to counter defense technology, attackers change their mode of operation frequently. The continuous evaluation of attacker’s pattern will help the industry to combat attacks effectively. In our study, we collected several thousand spam from a corporate server for a period of 12 months from Jan 2012 to Jan 2013. From the collected data, we identified various types of security threats through email and the attacker’s mode of operation. We believe that this study will help to develop more efficient and secure methodologies against security threats through email.


Local Area Network Intrusion Detection System Security Threat Identity Theft Email Account 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dhinaharan Nagamalai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Beatrice Cynthia Dhinakaran
    • 2
  • Abdulkadir Ozcan
    • 1
  • Ali Okatan
    • 1
  • Jae-Kwang Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringKTO Karatay UniversityKonyaTurkey
  2. 2.Optus NetworksSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Computer EngineeringHannam UniversityDaejoenSouth Korea

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