Phishers Hooking Fewer (But Fatter) Victims

First the good news: While the number of phishing attacks continues to increase, fewer victims report falling for the scams than a year ago.

The bad news: Those who did get hooked by a phishing e-mail lost a lot more than the average 2005 phishing victim, and had a harder time recovering that money to boot.

The findings come from a study released today by Gartner Inc., a report that includes data from some 5,000 adults who took the company's online survey in August. According to Gartner, the average loss per phishing victim nearly quintupled from $257 in 2005 to $1,244 in 2006. Report: Phishers Hooking Fewer (But Fatter) Victims - Security Fix

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 10th November 2006 2:52AM