The Robin Sage Experiment

Provide Security, a cyber security company, illustrated how easy it is to persuade people to give up secrets to “friends” on social networks. They created fake Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles under the alias, “Robin Sage”, with a picture of a pretty woman taken from an adult website, and the title “Cyber Analyst.” Before long, her 300 new friends at the NSA, DoD, and Global 500 corporations were revealing information to “her” that violated military operational security and personal security restrictions. This graphic demonstration that the real security threat is not technical, but social, and points up the need for education, verification tools, and sensible social network policies.

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