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23 Jul 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Fake Femme Fatale shows social network risks.


Hundreds of people in the information security, military and intelligence fields recently found themselves with egg on their faces after sharing personal information with a fictitious Navy cyberthreat analyst named "Robin Sage," whose profile on prominent social networking sites was created by a security researcher to illustrate the risks of social networking.

In a conversation with Computerworld, Thomas Ryan, co-founder of Provide Security, said he used a few photos to portray the fictional Sage on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as an attractive, somewhat flirty cybergeek, with degrees from MIT and a prestigious prep school in New Hampshire. Then he established connections with some 300 men and women from the U.S. military, intelligence agencies, information security companies and government contractors.

The goal, said Ryan, was to determine how effective social networking sites can be in conducting covert intelligence-gathering activities.

Despite some patently obvious red flags -- such as noting that the 25-year-old Sage had worked professionally for 10 years -- the scheme worked. The connections to Sage, who was depicted as a real-life Abby Scuito, a fictional character in CBS's NCIS television series, were established in less than a month. Many friends freely shared personal information and photos, invited the fictional threat analyst to conferences and asked her to review documents. Some "friends" at major companies, including Google and Lockheed Martin, even expressed interest in hiring her, he noted.

A security researcher created a fake online profile for a fictional cyberthreat analyst named "Robin Sage."

Had Sage really been a foreign agent, she would have had access to a lot of very useful information, said Ryan, who is scheduled to present his findings next week at the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas. Excerpts from his interview with Computerworld follow:

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23 Jul 2010   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

That is because, deep down, when you get at the very root of humans,,,
They are truly stupid, gullible and naive.

Never share info of any kind with anyone you have never actually met.
And before you start getting personal, actually meet more than once and still keep your guard up.

Trust is earned, never given.
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24 Jul 2010   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

You have a bunch of geeky guys, and they see a hot babe...Seriously, it's all about the male labido. They all want to impress "her", and soon she gains a status. Soon even those not enamored with her see all the others trusting her, and they "assume" she is ok, and soon she's accepted and introduced as a "friend". It just goes to show how easy it is to crack the weakest link, the human user. A Guy
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24 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Those people are gullible. I get invites all the time from attractive women in Facebook to add as a friend. The problem? I don't know these women so why would I add them as a friend to see all my information? If they wanted to meet and get to know me then can easily message me. I am not as trusting to blindly add people as friends.
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26 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

About all I can say.

No, wait. Cindy.

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26 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post

About all I can say.

No, wait. Cindy.

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