109 mln Americans received phishing e-mails

According to Gartner, approximately 109 mln US adults have received phishing e-mail attacks, up from 57 mln US adults in 2004. The average loss per victim has grown from $257 to $1,244 per victim in 2006. The average amount of money consumers recovered from phishing attacks in 2005 was 80%, but in 2006, recovery amounts dropped to 54%. High-income adults earning more than $100,000 per year are more heavily attacked. This group reported receiving an average of 112 phishing e-mails in the past year versus 74 e-mails per consumers across all income brackets. The high-income adults lost on average $4,362, almost four times as much as other victims.