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(The Register)   Nine out of 10 office workers will give away their passwords for a cheap pen   ( divider line
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272 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Apr 2003 at 12:27 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-04-21 10:20:18 AM  
2003-04-21 10:53:31 AM  
2003-04-21 11:01:09 AM  
"I know you! You're tall and fat!"

"Well, you're short and ugly, now give me back my pen."

2003-04-21 11:06:22 AM  
Meanwhile two thirds of workers admitted they had emailed colleagues illicit, unsavoury pictures or "dirty jokes", up slightly from 62 per cent in 2002. Men were twice as likely to indulge in this activity with 91 per cent of men sending unsavoury emails compared to only 40 per cent of women.
Maybe. Maybe the EEOC policy here is much more potent though, because most of the raunchy stuff that I've gotten from people in the company has been from women.
2003-04-21 11:08:45 AM  
2003-04-21 11:21:53 AM  
Where can I get me one of those cool pens?

2003-04-21 11:22:10 AM  
9 out of ten office workers will, but you'll get the passwords from 4 out of 5 dentists.
2003-04-21 11:35:17 AM  
9 outta 10, hackers rejoice, pens sales skyrocket.
2003-04-21 12:30:53 PM  
My root password is always my dog's name. I never forget it
2003-04-21 12:32:04 PM  
"What time and how burnt?"

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2003-04-21 12:32:13 PM  
What is this password you speak of?
2003-04-21 12:33:09 PM  
I use my password everywhere.

Let the fleecing begin.
2003-04-21 12:33:55 PM  
You suckers will never be able to figure that my password is SUSAN!!!!

Yeah, people are gossipy biatches. I knew that.
2003-04-21 12:34:47 PM  
2003-04-21 12:35:08 PM  
Drew shoudl check how many farkers have the PWs:


My guess is around 4% total. Maybe more.
2003-04-21 12:35:33 PM  
I wonder if I can get passwords for used condoms..........
2003-04-21 12:36:07 PM  
Everyone already know "system manager" pick "GOD " for thier password.

/shiatty movie refrence.
2003-04-21 12:36:30 PM  
I would offer to blow my load up a woman's nose for her password.
2003-04-21 12:37:06 PM  

Whats your dogs name?

Ill give ya a pen?
2003-04-21 12:37:36 PM  
InfoSecurity's organisers say this behaviour could expose their employer to expensive litigation for sexual discrimination, low morale and even be viewed as allowing bullying.

Grammar surrenders.
2003-04-21 12:38:10 PM  
oh wait... wait.. in zoviet russ1a, password give away office worker for cheap pen.

/america, wot a country
2003-04-21 12:38:56 PM  
My password is my name in spanish x 2 devided by Pie. You figure it out.
2003-04-21 12:38:57 PM  
Doesn't everyone use their name and the number 1 as a password? I do. Everywhere.
2003-04-21 12:39:40 PM  
BTW for the record I would never do this. I wouldnt give up my password for anything less than a brand new Cross pen. Geeez some people have no standards.
2003-04-21 12:39:57 PM  
Why give up a pen to learn....

un: root
pw: root
2003-04-21 12:43:37 PM  
My password is *******
2003-04-21 12:43:39 PM  
Har har har.. those are some real accurate results I'm sure. My god, this study has to have at least the accuracy of a double blind study.

2003-04-21 12:44:16 PM  
Username: Broccoli
Password: Joshua

(Insert sound here from WarGames - shall we play a game?)
2003-04-21 12:44:41 PM  
What is your password? Link goes to a cheap pen(?)

the movie wasn't gay, just the effects, story, and most of the characters....but everybody looked cool
2003-04-21 12:47:01 PM  
"If workers came across a file containing everyone's salary details, 75 per cent of workers thought they would be unable to resist looking at it, again up from 61 per cent in 2002. A further 38 per cent said they would also pass the information around the office.

Amen... Everyone should do this. The social issue of "discretion" regarding salaries is nothing but a plot by the man to keep employees in the dark about how much they should be getting paid.

/damn the man!!!
2003-04-21 12:47:49 PM  
Sad story. I helped a guy at work set up his user account for the company because he was a technophobic luddite. He was recently married and I was feeling cute, so I made his password his wifes name and the wedding date. For his hint I wrote "love".

He called the next morning. He forgot the password. Worse, he told his wife.
2003-04-21 12:48:00 PM  
Word to the wise: too many people use dictionary words as passwords. One can prove this by picking up an old server from the trash dump.

Often the pooter quit leaving the hard drive intact, because the lame admin didn't think the drive would still work. Now do a dictionary attack on the passwd file. Hospitals and banks are very guilty of this.
2003-04-21 12:48:55 PM  
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So the combination is one, two, three, four, five. (lifts mask) That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life. That's the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage.
2003-04-21 12:50:44 PM  
Social engineering has always been the best way to defeat security. Security departments haven't figured that out yet, they're still buying pass cards, biometric readers and other high dollar junk that people routinely ignore. All that stuff looks good on paper and to investors but it isn't worth a hoot in the real world.
2003-04-21 12:55:04 PM  
lol it's so nice to see I'm not the only one that uses my password!!
2003-04-21 12:55:49 PM  
Well if you give out your network password, they can't nail you for downloading pR0n.
2003-04-21 12:55:58 PM  
It may be the men passing around the dirty jokes, but at least they know how to do it right. How many have received those 50 page e-mails from women that consist of 49.5 pages of headers followed by "You have been blessed by the purple rock of fortune. Pass this on to everyone you know for good luck."
2003-04-21 12:56:41 PM  
156484065138416815123089484915132063841501231856818407861231856811213213058478 487647864654597981512488684798133434158634160549054448948089484801456486048643 64845875680864086453601531
2003-04-21 12:57:04 PM  
2003-04-21 01:01:13 PM  
I use my password everywhere.
Let the fleecing begin.

Me too! Well except I use a different password for anything that matters. But with my fark password people could also have access to my details at various online stores, 1 of my home computers, and most of my email accounts.

I'd give up my work password for a pen. As long as it was a nice pen, or more then 1 cheap pen. They deserve it. They refuse to stock the supply cupboards here so I have to buy my own pens.
2003-04-21 01:02:35 PM  
Hellifiknow: BOSCO!

rotflmao! good one!

seriously though... how do any of these survey people know if the password is real? I would easily give a fake password for a free pen. office supplies are tight around here.
2003-04-21 01:04:21 PM  
I'd give away my password for a good BOOBIES Link!
2003-04-21 01:04:28 PM  
Shiny pretty pen.
2003-04-21 01:06:28 PM  
...and promptly stick it in their asses.
2003-04-21 01:06:57 PM  
lol, GreenSlime, very true... or "E-hugs" or "friendship chains" or "virtual smiles" some other such syrupy sweet insipid nonsense... Nothing like a little maudlin mass-mailed electronic sentiment to make a person feel "special."
2003-04-21 01:07:10 PM  
For a password I regularly use the name of a boy I had a crush on in 7th grade.

Now that I think about it that does seem a little dysfunctional and obsessive. I don't still like him though, where ever he may be now, he just had a cute unusual name.

2003-04-21 01:07:56 PM  
Or 'sex' ;)

That movie was gay.

Doh I forgot about 'sex'.. I failed.. I relinquish my camouflage keyboard :(
2003-04-21 01:09:28 PM  

Social engineering ? Pens for passwords ? The reason I do not trust anyone is because of these two words: keylogging device. If you are gonna go for something, might as well be high tech. Of course, for this you need physical access.

But then again, who regularly logs their computers out at work ?

2003-04-21 01:09:39 PM  
Haha, Technicolor-misfit, my mom sends me stuff like that all the farking time. She doesn't understand that I don't find a crappy low-quality animation of a waving kitten to be really all that fantastic.
2003-04-21 01:10:45 PM  
I work in tech support and here's what I've learned so far:

To gain access into ANY area of a building, tell the secretary (or whoever else you encounter) that you are from tech support and you're here to work on someone's machine. You'll get right in. No badge request, nothing.

Once your at someone's machine, look around. They've probably written down their password somewhere. Check under the keyboard.

The higher up you go, the easier it gets. A department head, VP or even CEO is usually clueless on how to operate a PC. They almost always write their PW down. Once I worked on a VP's computer and he had ALL of his PW's written down on a sticky note posted on his monitor.

Most people will tell you their PW if they think your from tech support. When I arrive to work on their PC they think "Oh great, break time. Here's my password if you need to get into anything."

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