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From the BBC: How hackers exploit 'the seven deadly sins'
Cybercrooks exploit instincts which make us vulnerable
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Msg#: 4529130 posted 11:46 pm on Dec 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

From the BBC:

Viewpoint: How hackers exploit 'the seven deadly sins'

[bbc.co.uk...]

In the context of hacking, the deadly sins that get people into trouble are Apathy, Curiosity, Gullibility, Courtesy, Greed, Diffidence, and Thoughtlessness.

A colleague built a website that contained a button that said Do Not Press, and was astonished to find that the majority of people actually pressed it.

 

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Msg#: 4529130 posted 2:21 am on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

Apathy, Curiosity, Gullibility, Courtesy, Greed, Diffidence, and Thoughtlessness

Uhmm.... Most things on that list are the exact opposite of something else on the same list. Did he leave anything out?

A colleague built a website that contained a button that said Do Not Press, and was astonished to find that the majority of people actually pressed it.

I think the colleague needs to get out more.

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Msg#: 4529130 posted 8:34 am on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

It was research Lucy. ;)

I think that even though all of this is second nature to most of us, it is good advice.

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Msg#: 4529130 posted 8:56 am on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

A colleague built a website that contained a button that said Do Not Press, and was astonished to find that the majority of people actually pressed it.

I think the colleague needs to get out more.


hehe. I would categorise the users there as 'wishful thinkers'. Perhaps they thought that their browser/system would afford the necessary protections in order to 'click stuff on a web page'.

Unfortunately for users, it would seem a handbook of instructions is in order, including being wary about the potential security of the sites they visit, e.g. same password on different sites, site getting hijacked etc.

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Msg#: 4529130 posted 12:27 am on Dec 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

My reaction was to the astonishment, not to the existence of the button.

There's a difference between "do not click here" on a web page and a big red Emergency Override button in some physical installation. Although even those may be accompanied by "break glass ..." with further instructions.* If they don't want people to click, what's the button doing on the site? Seems perilously close to Attractive Nuisance. (Your jurisdiction may have a different term.)

If we met something of the kind on a real www site we would probably head straight for View Source and see what's up. But that's us :)


* This is speaking as someone whose four-year-old once saw a bright red handle clearly labeled PULL.

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