The Insecurity of Chocolate

The Insecurity of Chocolate

A report released Wednesday by Infosecurity Europe revealed that not only is chocolate good bait for getting someone's password, so is an attractive appearance.

576 office workers in total were polled by the fake researchers in a bid to raise awareness about information security.  Infosecurity Europe hired attractive “researchers” to hand out surveys at the train station.  Those that completed the survey received a chocolate candy bar.  Seems like a decent deal to me!

The same group performed a similar survey in previous years and the results seem to be improving.  Back in 2007, 64% of those polled gave up their passwords but only 21% this year did so.  However 61% still gave up their dates of birth and over half of those questioned admitted that they use the same password for all their accounts.  Perhaps even more disturbing is that more than half of the workers said they knew of their colleagues’ passwords and that more than one-third knew of or knew how to obtain their CEO’s password.


Infosecurity Europe is actually an event, held during the aforementioned Information Security Awareness Week. This year it runs from 4/22 to 4/24 at the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.

Oh, and stay away from that chocolate.
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hmmm who needs hackers when chocolate is this powerful!

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Wait, so people are giving up their passwords on surveys?  Who would be that inept? 

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I will give you guys a beer if you give me your social security number ;)

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Did someone say beer???

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I only will give you a beer for your social sec number if you are 21.  I want to stay legal with this enterprise.

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Wow, that is so sad...

 

Reminds me of this survey I came across a few years back. Some guy was saying I would get free pizza if I took a survey. I agreed. So he handed me some Nintendo DS looking thing and told me to fill out whatever was on the screen and when I was done, I would get some pizza. The first thing it asked for was my social security. I asked if I needed to put it in. He told me not to worry because he won't see it. BS, just because it shows * when I enter random numbers doesn't mean he won't be able to see it when he brings them all home and connects it to a PC. So I just left. 

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