Phishing for Cyberlove with Robo-Lovers

heart.gif According to the London Telegraph, "flirting robots" are invading Russian dating websites with the aim of gaining personal information from unsuspecting victims. CyberLover is one such robot that masquerades as a person seeking love on-line, according to the story. It interacts with a potential victim asking questions like, "When's your birthday? Where can I send you a Valentine's Day card?" and so on. The fear is that these robo-lovers could soon be invading popular social networks phishing for information.

I wonder what happens when one robo-lover encounters another on-line? Do they exchange code words so they know that the other is one of their own? Or do they just keep chatting one another up forever?


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