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Hackers act differently if accessing male or female Facebook profiles

Facebook logins can be traded by hackers

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Cybercriminals seem to behave differently depending on the age and gender listed on the Facebook accounts they hack into, although questions have been raised about the ethics of the study that has revealed this.

Jeremiah Onaolapo at the University of Vermont and his colleagues, including some at Facebook, created 1008 realistic Facebook accounts, populating them with fake information, photos and posts. They then leaked the login details for 672 of these accounts on websites used by hackers to trade compromised credentials, including Pastebin, Paste.org.ru, and the dark web site Stronghold.

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