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.