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New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavior Patterns

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the your-mojo-is-next dept.

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KentuckyFC writes "The information within huge, supposedly anonymized data sets can be used to build a detailed picture of an individual's lifestyle and relationships. This data is hugely valuable, which is why many companies already mine the pattern of links in their data to help them build things like recommender systems. Now a group of computer scientists say it is inevitable that a new class of malware will emerge for stealing this behavioral pattern data from social networks. They've analyzed the types of strategies this malware will use to collect information from a real mobile phone database of 800,000 links between 200,000 phones. They point out that the theft of behavioral data can be much more serious than the theft of other personal information. If somebody steals your credit card or computer password, for example, you can just get another card or change your password, thereby limiting the damage. That can't be done with behavioral data, they say. Who would be willing or able to change their real world pattern of person-to-person relationships, friendships and family ties?"

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In soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835112)

your behaviour patterns steal you!

Re:In soviet Russia... (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836534)

"For in spite of computers and advanced psychology
Behaviour patterns are still a mystery
I predict the future of this earthly human race
Is that having made a mess of Earth They'll move to outer space
Well there goes the neighbourhood
Totally, completely, absolutely, irrevocably, highly illogical!"

Re:In soviet Russia... (1)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 3 years ago | (#33839736)

Wow, that was an extraordinary post, even from a three-digit-er.

Assuming, of course, that you pulled that geeky reference from your memory rather than just found it via a Google search.

That's the downside to the power of the net, when we do something without using it we don't get as much credit anymore as we would have, before.

Re:In soviet Russia... (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33840010)

Thanks. The reference came to me instantly. I could have worked out the exact verse, from memory, given a half-hour.

Who has that time? I googled "behaviour" "nimoy" "demento". :-)

Re:In soviet Russia... (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 3 years ago | (#33839568)

Webmasters have been doing this with cookies since lynx began supporting them in... when... what like '93?

Is Slashdot pandering to the completely naive or does nobody else know what cookies have been used for since the beginning?

Joke's on them (4, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835118)

All they'll see is that I'm on Slashdot 14 hours a day.

Re:Joke's on them (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#33837200)

24 for me. I am on /. in my sleep too.

Re:Joke's on them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33838326)

or WoW.

Then I'll misbehave! (1)

calibre97 (1274362) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835124)

Fine. Then I'll constantly misbehave in atrocious patterns so they get nothing. What better way to misbehave than to claim FRIST on a /. story.

Re:Then I'll misbehave! (1)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836066)

What better way to misbehave than to claim FRIST on a /. story.

Especially when you're not FRIST, but THRID...

But the question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835126)

...can they link me to my anonymous first posts?

Re:But the question is... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835162)

They could if you actually managed to make any.

Single White Fembot (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835140)

Identity theft takes on a whole new spin when you add in computer schizophrenia!

fud (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835150)

This is pseudo-science FUD and that kind of data would be useless to a criminal. Really, how can "behavioral patterns" be more useful than credit card or bank info to a criminal?

Re:fud (3, Insightful)

netsavior (627338) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835206)

behavior patterns + credit card = a way to use the card and not get flagged as suspicious activity.

Re:fud (2, Interesting)

danbert8 (1024253) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835256)

Which is totally pointless if you are a reasonable and dilligent user of your credit card, and actually check your statements every month. Of course maybe they can read from your behavioral patterns if you are an idiot that just pays bills without looking them over first.

Re:fud (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835348)

No.
The point of stealing via fraudulent credit card purchases is not to steal from you, it's to steal from a credit card company.
The credit card companies employ a level of behavioural pattern recognition to stop large, unusual transactions on your account. I've had times when I've tried to put an unusual item through on my card and received an immediate phonecall from my credit card provider, asking whether it's me doing the ordering.

If I can sell you the credit card numbers of a bunch of people who I can identify as habitually making purchases of a given type of item, you can then make a series of non-suspicious orders on their cards and get away before they check their statements.

Re:fud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835542)

For example, I ordered a cat toy from japan.
The first time I did it I got a phone call, the second time it went through no problem.
Now any criminal can use my card to buy cat toys and ship them to my home address!

Posting AC for obvious reasons.

Re:fud (1)

Geeky (90998) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835786)

If I can sell you the credit card numbers of a bunch of people who I can identify as habitually making purchases of a given type of item, you can then make a series of non-suspicious orders on their cards and get away before they check their statements.

Well, yes, but then you only get to use the card for that kind of purchase. Which is great if you want to use the stolen number of buying groceries in the same town as the cardholder, but doesn't necessarily let you make large purchases.

Re:fud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33839800)

But it helps you not get caught! That's the thing if I was told that a certain card holder uses their card for, lets say, only groceries. Well then I would immediately go out and buy groceries and that is the same fraud just applied in such a way that does not bring up any type of flag. So, in theory, it's the perfect crime as long as you use the card in the same manner as the actual card holder. If you want to make large purchases(which probably isn't recommended) all you have to do is get a card holder with those behavior patterns, however, I'm sure that anybody that uses their card for regular large purchases would be more likely to check their statements or even check their account daily(I know people that do).

--AC

Re:fud (1)

EponymousCustard (1442693) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836088)

>The credit card companies employ a level of behavioural pattern recognition to stop large, unusual transactions on your account Unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way. My card was blocked the other day (2nd time this month) after spending £2.81 for breakfast in the self service supermarket till that i do a few times a week.

Re:fud (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#33838834)

My card was blocked the other day (2nd time this month) after spending £2.81 for breakfast in the self service supermarket till that i do a few times a week.

You're missing the point here. Your breakfast (of bacon, ham, eggs, marmalade and Rock Star) is very high in fats, calories and low in vitamins, minerals and green scratchy things. The credit card company has a vested interest in keeping you alive (dead men don't pay bills). So by hassling you about breakfast they are hoping you go home and just eat your bunny food (or whatever it is you Brits eat at home) and live long and prosper.

Think out of the box here, son.

Re:fud (1)

whovian (107062) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836216)

behavior patterns + credit card = a way to use the card and not get flagged as suspicious activity.

Sounds like the kind of derivative information that credit card companies (c|sh)ould already be selling^H"sharing" with their partners and/or third parties.

Re:fud (2, Interesting)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835262)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5jex52BhXYEJ:wikileaks.org/wiki/EU_social_network_spy_system_brief,_INDECT_Work_Package_4,_2009+INDECT+Work+Package+4&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk [googleusercontent.com]
Seems like the lite version of the above. Mb they track mentions of backs, holidays, wealth, private banks names ect?
Then go searching for the more useful emails they never would have found in the wild?
It would also help with any CC location block.

Re:fud (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835422)

They can tailor their attack to your behaviour. For example, most phishing mails are quite easy to spot, simply from the fact that you never have been at the bank this phishing mail sends you to. But imagine someone would know not only your bank, but even your account number. And moreover they know that you are buying a lot on ebay. And they find out that your account is usually not filled very well. Now they can send you a mail, seemingly coming from your bank, containing a message like "Dear Mr. Yourname. An attempt to get $ from your bank account by ebay failed since there's not enough money on the account. The bank transfer message was: "Payment for item #65465489, offered by member #674567, bought by member ". Please follow this link [linking to the attacker's "bank" site, asking for your banking login] to solve this problem."

With all that detailed information, it would surely look much more credible (and probably it would look even more credible if I knew more about ebay and about the American banking system :-)).

Re:fud (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835442)

Damn, I should have read that preview. The message should have read:
"Dear Mr. Yourname. An attempt to get $<larger than to be expected on your bank account> from your bank account <your account number> [...] bought by member <your ebay ID> [...]"

Re:fud (1)

falken0905 (624713) | more than 3 years ago | (#33837780)

One use that comes to mind is Jury Consultant. Go watch the 2003 movie 'Runaway Jury'. Then watch the special feature interview with a real jury consultant. Creepy and scary.

Re:fud (1)

SudoGhost (1779150) | more than 3 years ago | (#33841174)

This just in: New class of malware will pre-fetch tech buzzwords so that you think the article is interesting.

Your giving the criminals (2, Insightful)

Stan92057 (737634) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835172)

Your giving the criminals wayyyyy to much credit. Criminals are greedy and lazy looking for the EASY buck. What there talking about here is something a advertising company would do not a spammer

Re:Your giving the criminals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835306)

You are giving criminals wayyyyy too little credit. Or maybe you are referring to lazy American TV criminals? Blackhats do what they do for many reasons including money, "cred" and the challenge. What they do however is in no way EASY. it requires a lot more effort, intelligence and balls than grazing in a cubicle farm does.

Mod parent up. (1)

khasim (1285) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835342)

If the ad agencies cannot improve their systems with all the information already available to them, why would the criminals be able to do anything more?

Cash out a credit card, yes.

Cash out your mom and dad's address and the fact that you go there for Thanksgiving after buying a Safeway pumpkin pie, no.

Re:Mod parent up. (2, Insightful)

Yer Mom (78107) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835760)

Cash out a credit card, yes.

Cash out your mom and dad's address and the fact that you go there for Thanksgiving after buying a Safeway pumpkin pie, no.

Cash out your address at Thanksgiving while you're at your mom and dad's, eating pumpkin pie: quite possibly.

Re:Your giving the criminals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835396)

Criminals are greedy and lazy looking for the EASY buck.

So, writing state-of-the-art virus/malware construction kits that give top security companies a run for their money is easy?

Sure the ones buying them are after "easy" money but it only takes a handful of sophisticated criminals to create them.

Re:Your giving the criminals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835408)

Criminals are greedy and lazy looking for the EASY buck. What there talking about here is something a advertising company would do not a spammer

You're implying advertising companies aren't criminal?

Re:Your giving the criminals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835770)

Not all criminals are crackheads in prison who got caught stealing a stereo out of someone's Escalade.

There are a lot of people who are criminals in the true sense of the term, and are smart enough to stay a few steps of the law, or be able to do acts that the police will not bother with, as they don't have the resources. If one person isn't clever, a group can be.

Malware writing has a lot going for it. If you are able to compromise machines, you can sell access to those machines. If one has any clue whatsoever, it isn't hard to ensure that you won't be tracked down.

So, for money per time put in, especially the fact the money is tax free, there is a high return ratio here with low chance of getting caught.

Sophisticated credit card fraud (4, Interesting)

netsavior (627338) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835176)

one of the best tools in fighting financial fraud is people's behavior patterns. I work for a big bank and have several applications which are used for pattern recognition both across a business unit, and across a single customer's account. If you buy something in Rome, than in Dallas Texas, then in Istambul, your account is going to be flagged... But what if someone had your card information plus your geographic habits? There are plenty of opportunities to make fraudulent credit card usage seem much more legitimate to an algorithm, all that is missing is social information... for now.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

Compholio (770966) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835278)

If you buy something in Rome, than in Dallas Texas, then in Istambul, your account is going to be flagged...

That's great when it works. I love how my local pizza hut shows up as being in a different state, it's always fun to have that trigger a "did you lose your card?" robocall.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835352)

Better that than the algorithm doesn't pick up the crim buying a 52" plasma TV and surround sound system, brand new PC, and as many BluRay movies as he can carry with your card details because both he and it already knows you're a bit of a technophile.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (2, Insightful)

rockNme2349 (1414329) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835502)

I recently ordered a netbook for my brother off an online website. The next day I got a call from my credit card company asking me if it was actually me making the purchase. I said yes it was, and THANK YOU for calling me. I feel the same way when I go to use my credit card and they ask for ID. Sure it inconveniences me, but I'd rather have false positives that only require me to say OK when I do something unusual, then someone making fraudulent purchases with my card. I know in the end my credit card company will be footing the bill, not me, but it still is a large waste of time.

I can see how a local pizza hut being flagged as unusual would be an issue, but that is a flaw in the implementation, not the algorithm.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

neminem (561346) | more than 3 years ago | (#33870808)

I'd be happy, too, if it asked me. My bank just automatically assumed, when I sent a company elsewhere a thousand bucks, that I didn't actually want to, and canceled the charge. Then they couldn't even uncancel it when I called them (and I had to call them - their website was broken). After uncanceling the charge, I had to personally apologize to the overworked KoL staff, and get them to run the charge through again. I wish my bank was like your bank.

Driving (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 3 years ago | (#33838914)

Normally I don't mind, but I was a bit irritated I went down to another city (about 8-9h) to visit and pick up my GF. Along the way I stopped several times for gas. On the way back, I stopped again and my card was blocked.

Apparently going outside of my city and buying GAS along the way is enough to trip the pattern recognition, which is somewhat silly as my car's best is about 700-800/tank (45L) and filling up during a 700km (each way) trip is somewhat of a necessity... not to mention the pre-requisite bathroom breaks.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835324)

have several applications which are used for pattern recognition

I hate companies that do this. In the end you probably affect more legitimate users than crooks. For example you apparently cannot use Paypal if you occasionally use a VPN whose server is in another country because that will flag and lock your account.

OMFG! (1)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835334)

Criminals do not go to that type of effort. It defeats the entire point of being a criminal. To be a criminal is to suffer poor impulse control and to not be a big fan of working.

Most criminals aren't going to break into the Louvre and steal the Mona Lisa. Is it feasible to try? Sure. But, it isn't in the nature of crime to do so. Why? The who point of crime is that a lazy person or a person with poor impulse control can realize high marginal value by doing something illegal. The marginal value of planning out some super-caper is much lower than just going out and knocking the shit out of a dude and taking his wallet.

Even online crime tends to go after low-hanging fruit, such as spam, botnets, SQL-injection, etc. Why? Because the marginal value of hitting easy tagets for easy money is better than tracking down the actual victim and matching their spending habits to avoid detection for ever so slightly longer.

The actual marginal value in avoiding detection is not much, considering the victim will eventually check their credit limit and their bank account and see that something is up. In fact, I'd guess that's how most credit card fraud is halted.

Re:OMFG! (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835686)

Criminals do not go to that type of effort.

There are several known organizations that make much more than the paltry value of the Mona Lisa each year with systematic credit card theft and fraud.

Industries such as the credit card fraud Industry, which take in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year are generally not *lazy* and generally do not suffer from poor impulse control.

Re:OMFG! (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835696)

The who point of crime is that a lazy person or a person with poor impulse control can realize high marginal value by doing something illegal.

There are parts of the world where there is little opportunity, especially if you're not from the right background. Some of those smart and enterprising people turn to crime. And the internet lets them reach victims across the globe. Disparity of income also contributes to it. Where I live, if a person could steal even just $100 a day he would live quite well. The chance of him finding legitimate employment offering that type of salary is very low.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

mr_gorkajuice (1347383) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835346)

From the resumé:

If somebody steals your credit card or computer password, for example, you can just get another card or change your password, thereby limiting the damage.

This remains true. Behavioural data alone is worth nothing.
Also, I'd argue that credit card fraud becomes a lot less interesting when the scammer is limited to buying things that the original card holder would be interested in.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835464)

Also, I'd argue that credit card fraud becomes a lot less interesting when the scammer is limited to buying things that the original card holder would be interested in.

YES! I was surprised that nobody brought this up. Stealing behavior data and credit card info, matching them up with each other, then only buying things that won't be suspicious, eliminates most of the profit involved in credit card fraud, since you can only buy less-expensive items and only in the same area as the original owner. And if the person you steal the info from checks his statement with any sort of regularity, you'll get caught pretty quick.

Or you can order things online, but if you give an address for them to ship to, then it becomes REALLY easy to find/arrest you.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835750)

Of course when you get a credit card and the attached information that shows that this is a really rich fucker who rarely checks his bills and spends like a drunken monkey on all kinds of weird ass shit. Well then you know that is a card you are going to be using hard and heavy.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835598)

Why risk some strange credit card number when you know a select few can work as real CC's in your area or in other parts of the world.
Sell on in bulk, value added. Stand out in a world of lists as something better, build a brand name for quality at a price.

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (2, Interesting)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835570)

Must be a new system, because when my CC was skimmed last year in Vegas it took them a week (and about $3000 in purchases) for them to figure out that it was stolen - despite the fact that charges were being made in two different countries on the exact same day. Visa must think I regularly take 8 hour flights to and from Vegas to buy gas, groceries and shop at Best Buy. :\

Re:Sophisticated credit card fraud (1)

bostongraf (1216362) | more than 3 years ago | (#33846778)

You are forgetting another important piece that is missing. High value items that would be desirable for a thief to acquire using the stolen info. Most thieves that would go so far as to collect behavioral patterns would not be interested in using the stolen financial info at the local liquor store or CVS. If they want to try to use it at my local pub, I would be very interested in meeting them and asking why they went through so much trouble for such a minimal reward.

Now, if you happen to steal a card and pattern that involves frequently purchasing and flipping foreclosed houses, it could get more interesting! But I'm fairly certain that would be a rare enough case that it still wouldn't be worth it.

Favicon (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835178)

Will they also steal the designs of our Slashdot favicons?

Not a new idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835192)

"Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", Samuel Delany. An early introduction and exploration of social networking, six-degrees of freedom connectivity, holographic information storage and its capability to track and predict criminal behavior. 1970 Hugo Award winner. Visionary, but the bad guys were big government ... not big business. Oh well, a 98% test score is still pretty damn good.

Malware Will Steal Behavior Patterns . . . (1)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835272)

. . . with humorous results, as always happens when malware tries to replicate human behavior. Seriously, guys? Does no one remember the golden age of spam, when half the emails in your spam folder were 50% clipped quotes from Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

Re:Malware Will Steal Behavior Patterns . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835332)

Does no one remember the golden age of spam, when half the emails in your spam folder were 50% clipped quotes from Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

Yes, but they weren't nearly as interesting as the quotes from Stephen Seagal.

America Off-Line (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835330)

FTA: "AOL removed the search data from its site over the weekend and apologized for its release, saying it was an unauthorized move by a team that had hoped it would benefit academic researchers."
Why are they saving this search data to begin with other than the profit motive? I highly doubt it was solely to benefit academic researchers.
What are our expectations of privacy when using search engines? Don't we have the right to assume that they do NOT save any personally identifiable information?
For now, I have learned NOT to use AOL for searches.

what a retarded fearmongering pile of crap (2, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835418)

If somebody steals your credit card or computer password, for example, you can just get another card or change your password, thereby limiting the damage. That can't be done with behavioral data, they say. Who would be willing or able to change their real world pattern of person-to-person relationships, friendships and family ties

ooooh. you spent 15 minutes yesterday on google looking for pet carriers. now i know who you will marry!

behavioral data is not mind reading or future predicting. its application is extremely narrow. this story is scaremongering stupid bs

Re:what a retarded fearmongering pile of crap (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 3 years ago | (#33837340)

ooooh. you spent 15 minutes yesterday on google looking for pet carriers. now i know who you will marry

Well it might be advantageous to know the S.O. is a dog, literally or figuratively.

Fetishes (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835446)

This is why I change my porn viewing fetishes randomly every few weeks or so.

I don't get it (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835500)

I read TFA and I still don't get it. What is the malicious coder's motivation? I mean, how does he make money knowing that you are friends with x number of other people? Does he sell it to marketers? Does he blackmail you because you have a mistress or something?

What I'm saying is, identity theft, credit card theft, and the like are easy to understand, because there is money to be made by doing it. How does one make money by knowing that Bob is friends with Susan, Bill, and Tracy?

New class of malware (2)

Asic Eng (193332) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835506)

What's this new class of malware called, facebook?

Re:New class of malware (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835826)

Facebook knows what other sites I visit, and what I'm buying on Amazon? Who knew.

Re:New class of malware (1)

ThatOtherGuy435 (1773144) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836300)

Yea, that one is called Facebook Connect.

Who will change? I can think of 2 groups (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835768)

"Who would be willing or able to change their real world pattern of person-to-person relationships, friendships and family ties?"

People in witness protection do it because they have to.

People who are voluntarily in AA or similar lifestyle-change groups may drop certain friends or distance themselves from certain family members because they know they have to in order to overcome their additions.

Re:Who will change? I can think of 2 groups (1)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 3 years ago | (#33840278)

People who are voluntarily in AA or similar lifestyle-change groups may drop certain friends or distance themselves from certain family members because they know they have to in order to overcome their additions.

It is often seen when overcoming one's additions that it is a negative thing or even sometimes divisive. Ultimately however, it really serves to multiply the positives. Sorry for the tangent.

Lifestyle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33835922)

I seem to be having this tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle. As soon as I reach some kind of definite policy about what is my kind of music and my kind of restaurant and my kind of overdraft, people start blowing up my kind of planet and throwing me out of their kind of spaceships!

O RLY? (1)

Travelsonic (870859) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835936)

...Steal Behavior Patterns

Funny, I still have my behavioral patterns here, neatly organized in alphabetical order... *shot*

Re:O RLY? (2, Funny)

The_Noid (28819) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836026)

I was about to ask...
What happens when your behavioural patterns are stolen? Do you suddenly start to behave differently because you no longer have them?

Yes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33839542)

Plus you get to sue for $150,000 per pattern, because those bastards are denying you income.

Useful for privacy (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 3 years ago | (#33836256)

If my behavior patterns can be replicated, then tracking me via my behavior pattern becomes a lot more difficult.

They cant steal what aint there (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 3 years ago | (#33837248)

Sometimes even email gives far too much immediacy. By avoiding mindless social networking, I am left with more time to yell at the kids on my lawn to take their beer bottles and cigarette butts with them when they go.

Re:They cant steal what aint there (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33838864)

They can't steal what ain't there? So you're saying they can only infringe behavior patterns then?

Thieves! (1)

malus314 (1484329) | more than 3 years ago | (#33839594)

How will I know if my behavioral patterns have been stolen?
Given the amount of time I spend on the interwebs , will I suddenly have a life?

"Holy shit! Where am I? Could this be the fabled Out of Doors? OH, GOD! Someone must have stolen my behavioral patterns!"

On second thought, maybe this new stealing of behavioral patterns could turn out to be a good thing....
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