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Automated software sexes you out of your personal information

A new software program that mimics online flirtation in a bid to extract personal information is making the rounds in Russian chat forums.

A new software program that mimics online flirtation in a bid to extract personal information is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, says security software firm PC Tools.

Cyber Lover

According to CNET News.com:

The artificial intelligence of CyberLover's automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the "bot" from a real potential suitor, PC Tools said. The software can work quickly too, establishing up to 10 relationships in 30 minutes, PC Tools said. It compiles a report on every person it meets complete with name, contact information, and photos.

Ahem, also:

Among CyberLover's creepy features is its ability to offer a range of different profiles from "romantic lover" to "sexual predator." It can also lead victims to a "personal" Web site, which could be used to deliver malware.

Says Mike Greene, vice president of product strategy at PC Tools:

"People are used to not opening attachments or maybe not clicking on a link that shows up in their IM," he said. "But this emulates a real conversation, so you more are likely to give over personal information, click on a link or send your photograph."

At the moment, the program is targeting only Russian Web sites, though PC Tools is urging people in chat rooms and social networks elsewhere to be on the alert for such attackers.

Guess what, the software company believes that CyberLover's creators are planning a worldwide release in February. Perhaps BALTHOR might want to give his opinion on this.

About

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

15 comments
LocoLobo
LocoLobo

of an article in Easyriders magazine way back. The editors wanted to warn the readers about the possible problems with the personal ads. Same old scams, different media; different operators; different operator types!

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

and clean the house? Oh well, until that version comes out, I dont care!

Dunkleosteus
Dunkleosteus

Let the bot get out there and keep those losers occupied so they stop harrassing the real women!

mgcarley-tr
mgcarley-tr

What, so it works just like a real woman? Pffrt. Obviously the guys falling for this aren't used to being approached or something. I should see how good it is... try and have a good conversation about something non-sexy (sticking with the Russian theme, I'll say Chekhov and Dostoyevsky).

TechExec2
TechExec2

. Sexy phone conversations with strangers is sad. Sexy text conversations with strangers by computer is REALLY sad. Sexy text conversations with a bot by computer, and the poor sap is so out-of-touch with reality that he (girls are too smart to do this) cannot tell?? Time to jump off a tall building, dude. As far as I'm concerned, [u]all[/u] tele-sex is not the real thing whether there is human on the other end of the line or not. Tele-sex is for people who don't have sex and a sure sign you need to get a life. P.S. So ... What are you wearing? :^0 (Not you Paul...Just a joke) ;-)

Tig2
Tig2

People, we are headed straight down the tube when this kind of thing can get out in the wild and actually be successful! I can tell you right now that it would never be used successfully against me. If I want to chat with someone flirtatiously, all I have to do is tap my partner on the shoulder. I have no need or desire to do so electronically. But I do understand that there are some that do. How about this as an idea, then? Do not divulge ANY personal information in a chat. Do not send photos in a chat. Period. If you decide that the person is someone you think you may like to meet, take it to email and continue the conversation- guardedly. And that email address you use had best be a throw away with a really good spam filter that is not associated with your actual name in any way. Oh- and keep your firewall up!

paulmah
paulmah

Guess what, the software company believes that CyberLover's creators plan a worldwide release in February. Perhaps BALTHOR might want to give his opinion on this.

TechExec2
TechExec2

Stepford Wives... What a GREAT movie! :^0 :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

go for the weakest link, the sex drive of people that have a hard time meeting people. Things will only get worse until globally, cyber scammers are given the death penalty, but only after getting a good public lashing.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

will not reply because s/he/it is trying to hide the fact that it is a bot. Why should 'The BALTHOR' reply and maybe incriminate itself?

Jaqui
Jaqui

Enta Wannabi

VAR1016
VAR1016

I recall reading a "signature" in a forum that read: "Spammers should be sent to prison. There, they should be obliged to share cells with persons who have had their penises enlarged, have taken Viagra and are seeking a new relationship." Made me laugh... Paul

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

it will go for those with compassion for others. There have been numerous sci-fi shorts and some tv episodes where AI create robots in the form of starving / dirty children in ragged clothes to trick the troops to taking them in. Not sure how someone will do the online equivalent but they just might.

t0pcat
t0pcat

Geeze... I hope people are smart enough to keep their CompuCondoms on. Looks like things are going to get a bit "sticky" online. (chuckle)

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