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Forty-one percent of Facebook users are willing to share their personal information, such as email address, date of birth and phone number with a stranger, increasing their risk of identity theft according to new research from IT security company Sophos.

Facebook Wasn't Ready For Freddi
Facebook Wasn’t Ready For Freddi

To conduct the research Sophos created a fake Facebook profile and sent out 200 random friends request using the profile name "Freddi Staur" (an anagram of "ID Fraudster") to see how many people would respond and how much personal information they could gather.

"It’s extremely alarming how easy it was to get users to accept Freddi. Eighty-seven users accepted Freddi, and of those, 82 provided their personal information in the process," said Ron O’Brien, senior security analyst at Boston-based Sophos.

"While it’s unlikely this will result directly in theft, it provides many of the essential elements needed to gain access to people’s personal accounts. Additionally, it reveals specific user interests, enabling hackers to design targeted malware or phishing emails that they know the user is more likely to open."

Sophos research also found that 72 percent of respondents shared one or more email addresses, 84 percent listed their full date of birth and 78 percent listed their current address.

"Facebook’s privacy features are far more advanced than competing social networking sites; however, there is still human factor that must be taken into account. Most people wouldn’t give out their personal information to a stranger on the street, but online in the context of a friend request, they had no problem doing so, which can have significant ramifications for the individual," O’Brien continued.

"Further, it is also important for businesses to recognize the potential threat if these sites are utilized in the workplace. They can put significant strain on the network and can also expose confidential corporate data to malicious outsiders."

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  • http://www.manutdpro.com drvenom

    hey its quite disturbing and all very common now these days that people show such foolishness in these community kind o sites.You should at least not share your personal identity with others except for your email id.You aint aware of dangers cause there are more sexual predators lurking on such sites than your real friends.

  • http://www.manutdpro.com drvenom

    hey its quite disturbing and all very common now these days that people show such foolishness in these community kind o sites.You should at least not share your personal identity with others except for your email id.You aint aware of dangers cause there are more sexual predators lurking on such sites than your real friends.(if any one interested in Manchester united click on drvenom)

  • KrisFujiZ

    There’s an awesome new camera out from Fuji called the Z10 that will make Facebook a joke. The camera has automatic myspace/facebook resizing. this means the camera will make a copy of the pic you want resized and turn it into a small resolution pic so you can instantly upload to your myspace page. pretty awesome. The camera also has sick video. you have to check it out. comes in 5 colors. go to www.offzhook.com/z

    • T Miller

      Great! A new camera so you can clearly share your face with the world and all its predators in hi definition. Woo hoo.
      I swear these kinds of sites just make preying on youth and stalking easier than ever. Did noone actually think this through or did they just get a really good legal clause to protect themselves from being named accomplises to felonies?

  • MekhongKurt

    I have heard this before about these types of sites, but the numbers are stunning.

  • Chico

    hi i was on this facebook for two weeks now.someone trying to fraud me dating site,called western to report this now trying to report to facebook,new on these computer old shcool,please if you can call me at 613 935-5732,someone else is going to get fraud,it seems like there well organized a little scared so please help what to do ,gave my email and everything.

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