The Effect of Feature Selection on Phish Website Detection

Hiba Zuhair, Ali Selmat, Mazleena Salleh
2015 International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications  
Recently, limited anti-phishing campaigns have given phishers more possibilities to bypass through their advanced deceptions. Moreover, failure to devise appropriate classification techniques to effectively identify these deceptions has degraded the detection of phishing websites. Consequently, exploiting as new; few; predictive; and effective features as possible has emerged as a key challenge to keep the detection resilient. Thus, some prior works had been carried out to investigate and apply
more » ... certain selected methods to develop their own classification techniques. However, no study had generally agreed on which feature selection method that could be employed as the best assistant to enhance the classification performance. Hence, this study empirically examined these methods and their effects on classification performance. Furthermore, it recommends some promoting criteria to assess their outcomes and offers contribution on the problem at hand. Hybrid features, low and high dimensional datasets, different feature selection methods, and classification models were examined in this study. As a result, the findings displayed notably improved detection precision with low latency, as well as noteworthy gains in robustness and prediction susceptibilities. Although selecting an ideal feature subset was a challenging task, the findings retrieved from this study had provided the most advantageous feature subset as possible for robust selection and effective classification in the phishing detection domain.
doi:10.14569/ijacsa.2015.061031 fatcat:noltxbd4sbgwpnvzkdtds3uo3y