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April 23, 2009Featured article reviewDemoted
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Gmail phishing scam[edit]

Was wishing to know, if Gmail Phishing Scam text, can be merged here?.Junosoon (talk) 14:47, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

What is the actual worldwide impact of phishing?[edit]

The first paragraph of the lede cites a 2014 Microsoft study claiming the worldwide impact of phishing could be as high as US$5 billion. There are two issues here: a) the information is rather outdated, and b) the executive summary of the actual study (as it is currently available from Microsoft) says $2.4B.

Outdated source[edit]

The cited study was performed in 2013 and released in Feb. 2014. Given that phishing attempts have only been increasing over time, it seems reasonable that more recent numbers should be available. A rather brief search yielded some related metrics, such as estimated costs per attempt or business expenditures to protect against attempts and train employees, but a simple, up-to-date, global number eluded me. I could also find no evidence that the Microsoft Computing Safety Index survey was repeated after the cited 2014 release of the 2013 results.

Actual number reported in study[edit]

In addition to the article currently being cited, a number of other contemporaneous articles (Google search) repeat the same $5 billion impact claim. However, the study's executive summary and the identically-named file in the entire study results both contain the following sentence: "The worldwide impact of phishing could be as high as 2.4 billion USD, recovering from identity theft totals 2.6 billion USD, and repairing peoples’ professional reputations costs nearly 4.5 billion USD." It would seem that the $5B value was revised at some point following its initial release and subsequent news coverage, but I have been so far unable to find any admission of this, by Microsoft or anyone else. This just further underscores the need for a better, and more updated, source.

DadOfBeanAndBug (talk) 23:04, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

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"Phlashing" confusion[edit]

I have encountered two different meanings of "phlashing" listed on Wikipedia itself. One is a type of phishing, as mentioned on this page, but another is mentioned here: and is described as a form of denial-of-service attack. Both seem to be sourced. Could there be a message on top about potential confusion? (talk) 06:27, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Physical Mail[edit]

Please also consider adding physical mail. Phishing concerns all forms of data extraction for nefarious purposes. The miscreants may try to obtain more date to execute their scam using physical (snail) mail. After obtaining your address in some data breach or from a public website. they can send you physical mail with a questionaire which includes prompts for the missing data whilst at the same time offering some monetary gain or by impersonating some official body or by some other plausible means based on the data they have about you or your organisation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:00, 16 December 2018 (UTC)