Future problem: "flirting robots"

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by SteveHd, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. SteveHd

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    Jun 19, 2006
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    There's a Russian "bot," CyberLover, which is rather creepy. Story below. Fortunately few or no English-language versions are known to exist ... for now.
    Warning sounded over 'flirting robots'
    Posted by Ina Fried

    Those entering online dating forums risk having more than their hearts stolen.

    A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, according to security software firm PC Tools.

    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.

    "As a tool that can be used by hackers to conduct identity fraud, CyberLover demonstrates an unprecedented level of social engineering," PC Tools senior malware analyst Sergei Shevchenko said in a statement.

    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, PC Tools said.

    Although the program is currently targeting Russian Web sites, PC Tools is urging people in chat rooms and social networks elsewhere to be on the alert for such attacks. Their recommendations amount to just good sense in general, such as avoiding giving out personal information and using an alias when chatting online. The software company believes that CyberLover's creators plan to make it available worldwide in February.

    Robot chatters are just one type of social-engineering attack that uses trickery rather than a software flaw to access victim's valuable information. Such attacks have been on the rise and are predicted to continue to grow.

    Update 4:10 p.m. PST: Mike Greene, vice president of product strategy at PC Tools, said that the company learned of CyberLover's existence earlier this week as part of its regular monitoring of IRC chat rooms and other places where talk about malware takes place.

    Greene said that it is hard to tell how prevalent use of the program is in Russia.

    "We don't have exact statistics, but I think it's early on," he said.

    Greene said that the perceived anonymity of the Internet has desensitized people to the fact that information disclosed in an online chat can cause real-world damage.

    "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."
    Source: Warning sounded over 'flirting robots' | Beyond Binary - A blog by Ina Fried - CNET News.com
  2. B_cigarbabe

    B_cigarbabe New Member

    Nov 10, 2006
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    Yikes! That is very scary!
    I don't like to im with anyone who hasn't asked me before hand.Which isn't foolproof,of course.
    I'm glad I'm not looking "for love" in a chatroom!
  3. dong20

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    Feb 17, 2006
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    The grey country
    I recall seeing something similar a while back. Unless IA has come on in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years (and I don't believe it has) anyone fooled by it (for more than a handful of basic exchanges) would deserve it for being stupid, gullable or desparate - probably all three.

    That said, look at the text message idiot. Still, it could interesting to see it in 'on the pull' so to speak!!
  4. EagleCowboy

    EagleCowboy Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2007
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    I'm sure in the states it will hit AOL first.

    Their bots are getting more crafty by the day.
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