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Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:49 PM

Hackers, IT Pros Share Personal Information Online, Study Finds

By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld Oct 15, 2011 7:58 AM

Hackers apparently can be just as careless as their victims.

A new study finds that people with technical backgrounds are very inclined to disclose sensitive information like addresses and passwords to strangers they meet online, even though they should know better.

Antivirus software company BitDefender recently published the results from the study.

Dr. Sabina-Raluca Datcu, who conducted the study, used a sample of 100 people, half of them working in the IT security industry and the other half being hackers selected from forums for ?bad guys.? She created two fake 25-year-old female profiles with photos to present to either the IT experts or hackers to analyze ?friendship trust-rate.? For the IT pros, the ?woman? had interests in security, psychology and literature. The profile for hackers showed she was into hacking, psychology, reading news and ?trying new things.?

The second step involved an ongoing conversation as ?friends? to see what information the subjects would disclose to an unknown person.

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