Fake femme fatale shows social network risks
Researcher Thomas Ryan says fictitious Robin Sage character fooled many holding security, military and intelligence posts
By Jaikumar Vijayan
July 22, 2010 06:00 AM ET
Computerworld – Hundreds of people in the information security, military and intelligence fields recently found themselves with egg on their faces after sharing personal information with a fictitious Navy cyberthreat analyst named "Robin Sage," whose profile on prominent social networking sites was created by a security researcher to illustrate the risks of social networking.
The goal, said Ryan, was to determine how effective social networking sites can be in conducting covert intelligence-gathering activities.