Trade Your Password For A Chocolate, Will You?

Hi guys!

A large study with 1,208 participants was conducted by the Université du Luxembourg which revealed that social engineering attacks are more successful with a little chocolate as a gift.

The study was co-authored by Dr André Melzer who describes in the paper:

“When someone does something nice for us, we automatically feel obliged to return the favour. This principle is universal and important for the way we function as a society. However, this internal pressure can also be exploited to achieve certain purposes, such as encouraging someone to divulge a password”

The experiment was conducted by  undercover researchers who carried University of Luxembourg bags and asked passers-by about their attitude towards computer security — then asked them for their password.

The paper reads:

The research showed that this small gift greatly increased the likelihood of participants giving away their password. If the chocolate was only given out afterwards, 29.8 per cent of participants revealed their passwords. However, if the chocolate was received generally beforehand, a total of 43.5% of the respondents shared their password with the interviewer.

48% revealed the passwords when the participants were offered chocolate immediately before the passwords were asked.

However, we don’t know how truthful the participants were when they revealed their passwords.

In the same way, it has been seen that in small companies there are many people who  insecurely, over-share passwords.

Personal passwords are keys to our digital lives, and our work passwords can be a gateway to both our employer’s confidential information and the personal, private data of their customers. So be careful and keep your passwords to yourself please.


Source: Akati

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