E-mail phishing up

The number of US adults that are sure or think they have received phishing e-mails has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a survey by Gartner

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

The number of US adults that are sure or think they have received phishing e-mails has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a survey by Gartner. Financial losses stemming from phishing attacks rose to more than US$2.8 billion in 2006.

According to the survey, around 109 million US adults have received phishing e-mail attacks, up from 57 million US adults in 2004. The average loss per victim has grown from US$257 two years ago to US$1,244 per victim in 2006.

The average amount of money consumers recovered from phishing attacks in 2005 was 80%, but in 2006, recovered amounts dropped to 54%.

“The good news is that, this year, fewer people think they lost money to phishers, but when they did lose, they lost more,” said Avivah Litan, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

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