Microsoft’s research arm has been quietly collecting data through an add-on service to its Windows Live Toolbar to determine how often Web users actually fall prey to phishing attacks.
The company released findings of and methods used in that research Thursday in a presentation at the Anti-Phishing Work Group (APWG) E-Crimes Summit in Pittsburgh.
Over a three-month time period last year, Microsoft Research tracked password reuse among more than 500,000 Web users who downloaded the Phish Detective, part of the Windows Live OneCare Advisor package for the Windows Live Toolbar, in an attempt to determine how many of them fell victim to phishing, said Cormac Herley, a researcher at Microsoft Research. He presented findings of a paper about the research he co-wrote with fellow Microsoft researcher Dinei Florencio.
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