Identifying the Most Effective Feature Category in Machine Learning-based Phishing Website Detection


  • Choon Lin Tan
  • Kang Leng Chiew
  • Nadianatra Musa
  • Dayang Hanani Abang Ibrahim





Classification, Feature Categorisation, Machine Learning, Phishing Detection, Web Security


This paper proposes an improved approach to categorise phishing features into precise categories. Existing features are surveyed from the current phishing detection works and grouped according to the improved categorisation approach. The performances of various feature sets are evaluated using the C4.5 classifier, whereby the content URL obfuscation category is found to perform the best, achieving an accuracy of 95.97%. Additional benchmarking is conducted to compare the performance of the winning feature set against other feature sets utilised in existing phishing detection techniques. Results suggest that the winning feature set is indeed an effective feature category which has contributed significantly to the performance of existing machine learning-based phishing detection systems.




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Lin Tan, C., Leng Chiew, K., Musa, N., & Hanani Abang Ibrahim, D. (2018). Identifying the Most Effective Feature Category in Machine Learning-based Phishing Website Detection. International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7(4.31), 1–6.
Received 2018-12-07
Accepted 2018-12-07
Published 2018-12-09