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#1 Jose_49

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 20:34

People, I've been asking myself this for a quite long time:

How does phishing compare to computer viruses?

Is there a graph, pie bar or table which shows the results?
Thanks :p


How many people fall for phishing scams than for viral attacks?


#2 Gerowen

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 21:39

Found this rather old article with Google.

http://news.cnet.com..._3-6154716.html

#3 +goretsky

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 00:53

Hello,

You might want to check with the Anti Phishing Working Group for stats on phishing. As far as malware (malicious software) like viruses goes, Virus Bulletin Magazine might be a good starting point. They are kind of the trade journal for the anti-malware industry.

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Aryeh Goretsky

#4 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:02

How many people fall for phishing scams than for viral attacks?

You may want to think about that question because its not really a clear line always. Remember that many phishing attempts have the purpose of installing a virus/worm. Even the other way around, the phishing attempt may be to get a virus/worm installed. Would be interesting to see any stats on the overlap there.

#5 OP Jose_49

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:46

Thanks :D

#6 +warwagon

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 16:21

phishing : An attempt to dupe a user into giving them information via a fake site that looks like the real one.
Computer virus : Malicious code running on a users machine.

#7 Crisp

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:45

Well the two are completely different.

One is designed to screw with your PC while the other is to get personal information out of you.