New York: Are you impulsive when it comes to online shopping or downloading music? If so, then you may be at a higher risk of becoming a victim of cyber attacks, a new study has warned. According to the researchers, hackers and cybercriminals know that people with low self-control are the ones who will be scouring the Internet for what they want — or think they want — which is how they know what sites, files or methods to attack.
“An individual’s characteristics are critical in studying how cybercrime perseveres, particularly the person’s impulsiveness and the activities that they engage in while online that have the greatest impact on their risk,” said lead author Tomas Holt, Professor at Michigan State University. “People who show signs of low self-control are the ones we found more susceptible to malware attacks,” Holt added. The research team said that low self-control comes in many forms. This type of person shows signs of short-sightedness, negligence, physical versus verbal behaviour and an inability to delay gratification. (IANS)