Dr. David Maimon of UMD's Criminology and Criminal Justice Department is partnering with Dr. Lucas Layman from the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering at the University of Maryland to conduct cybercrime research. The research team was recently awarded a $500,000 two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the scientific activity on this project. "The goal of this grant is to identify individual and environmental factors that contribute to smartphone users' susceptibility to cybercrime victimization."
According to Dr. Maimon, people become vulnerable to cyberattacks through their smartphones in four ways: by visiting suspicious websites; downloading applications that contain malicious software; opening email attachments and clicking on links sent through text messages from unknown senders; and utilizing unsecured, public Wi-Fi networks to access personal information. To view the full article, go to "UMD Researchers Team Up to Study Cybercrime Victimization over Smartphone Devices."
Dr. Maimon briefly explains his cybercrime victimization study in the video below: