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Employing machine learning techniques for detection and classification of phishing emails

Moradpoor, Naghmeh; Clavie, Benjamin; Buchanan, Bill


Benjamin Clavie


A phishing email is a legitimate-looking email which is designed to fool the recipient into believing that it is a genuine email, and either reveals sensitive information or downloads malicious software through clicking on malicious links contained in the body of the email. Given that phishing emails cost UK consumers £174m in 2015, this paper proposal is driven by a problem whose resolution will have a great impact on people's lives in the UK and in the world. In this paper, we proposed a Neural Network (NN)-based model for detections and classifications of phishing emails using publically available email datasets for both benign and phishing emails. The results of the experiments are presented in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model in terms of accuracy, true-positive rate, false-positive rate, network performance and error histogram.


Moradpoor, N., Clavie, B., & Buchanan, B. (2017, July). Employing machine learning techniques for detection and classification of phishing emails. Presented at 2017 Computing Conference, London, UK

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 2017 Computing Conference
Start Date Jul 18, 2017
End Date Jul 20, 2017
Acceptance Date Nov 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2018
Publication Date Jan 11, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 16, 2017
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Book Title Proceedings of the IEEE Technically Sponsored Computing Conference 2017
ISBN 9781509054435
Keywords Intrusion Detection and Classification, Phishing; Emails, Spam Emails, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence,; Neural Networks, Cybersecurity, Cyberattacks, Web Attacks
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Contract Date Jan 12, 2017


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