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Hackers act differently if accessing male or female Facebook profiles

Cybercriminals seem to behave differently depending on the age and gender listed on the Facebook accounts they hack into, although questions have already been raised about the ethics of the analysis which 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. Then they leaked the login details for 672 of the accounts on websites employed by hackers to trade compromised credentials, including Pastebin,, …