3.5 mln Americans to disclose information to phishers in 2006

The average loss per phishing attack was $1,244 in 2006, up from $256 in 2005. Gartner estimates that the total financial losses attributable to phishing will total $2.8 bln in 2006. In 2005, 80% of victims got their money back. In 2006 that number dropped to 54%. Gartner estimates that 3.5 mln Americans will give up sensitive information to phishers in 2006, up from an estimated 1.9 mln in 2005.