Russian computer program simulates flirtation in chat room


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Internet chat room romantics beware: your next chat could be with a clinical computer, not with a passionate person, trying to win your personal data and not your heart, according to a security firm in line.

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A Russian website called CyberLover.ru promotes a software tool that it says can simulate flirtatious chat room exchanges. He boasts that he can chat with up to 10 women at the same time and persuade them to give out phone numbers.

Australian antivirus software company PC Tools has warned that the software could be abused by identity fraudsters trying to collect personal information from people online. The Russian site denied that it was intended for identity theft.

The program, so far only available in Russian, will go on sale around February 15, right after Valentine’s Day, the CyberLover.ru website reported.

“Not a single girl has yet realized that she is communicating with a program!” He said, adding that the program could also simulate virtual sex online.

“It happened – a program to tempt girls on the Internet!” Says the site. “In half an hour, the CyberLover program will introduce you to… girls, exchange photos and maybe even a contact phone number,” he says.

Chat rooms have become a popular social networking section on the Internet, where people can chat anonymously on anything from flirting to fishing.

CyberLover’s website explains that its program settings can be changed to attract males, persuade people to visit a website or entice them to top up their mobile phone credit, and all data collected will be stored.

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A spokesperson for PC Tools said the program had a “terribly well organized” interaction that could trick users into providing personal details and could easily be converted to work in other languages.

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

“It uses highly intelligent and personalized dialogue to target users of social media systems. “

He said the program “can monitor Internet browser activity, automatically recognize and fill in fields on web pages, generate keystrokes and mouse clicks, and publish messages, URLs, files and photos.”

“It can do exactly what people normally do when they are online, only in an automated, pre-programmed fashion. “

The CyberLover.ru site denied that the program had done anything wrong, claiming that it only collected information that the chat room users themselves volunteered.

“The program cannot find more information than the user is willing to provide,” said one of the site’s employees, who only gave his name as Alexander, in a statement. email response to Reuters questions.

“He maintains a dialogue with a person, but is not engaged in hacking or any such ploy, I think it should be obvious,” he said.

“If you have someone who is willing to pass on secret information to the person they are chatting with after knowing it for five minutes, then in that case an information leak is possible.”


Gordon K. Morehouse