Identity Theft Is Still Easy: Just Ask People For Their Info
from the this-again? dept
It seems like every few months there’s yet another story put out by yet another security company with some gimmicky way of pointing out just how easy social engineering is. Usually, these involve giving people something trivial in exchange for the info they want. It can be a ballpoint pen or a piece of chocolate. Of course, a year and a half ago, one firm showed that the exchange in question is completely meaningless, because people will give you their data for absolutely nothing at all. Of course, you hope that all of these publicity stunts, combined with all the stories of identity theft and data leaks in the last year might have made people a bit more aware. Nope. The latest one of these publicity stunt reports shows that, once again, people will give out all sorts of private info in exchange for nothing at all. So, no reason for criminals to break into systems or pay for access to large databases. Just ask people for whatever you want to know about, and you have a decent chance of finding out.