[ExI] turing test again

spike spike66 at att.net
Wed Dec 12 05:40:42 UTC 2007

Can we claim that Turing prediction has still not been fulfilled?  I don't
think Turing had this in mind:

"It's a fact," it declares, "that not a single girl has yet guessed that she
is talking with a computer program!"


Flirty Chat-Room 'Bot' Out to Steal Your Identity
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

By Philippe Naughton

Be careful next time you get accosted by a flirty stranger in an Internet
chatroom: He or she could just be a Russian chat-up bot out to steal your

Internet security experts say that Russian programmers have created a piece
of software known as CyberLover that can infiltrate dating sites and
chatrooms and patiently seduce its victims.

The "bot" solicits and collects information such as home addresses,
telephone numbers and personal photographs, which are then used to compile a
profile that can be sold on to identity thieves.

The creators of the software, who use the Web address Botmaster.ru, market
it as a device allowing computer-savvy men to link up with women (or women
with men) without having to go through endless time-consuming introductions.

Botmaster says that its software can make the acquaintance of between 10 and
20 people in half an hour.

"It's a fact," it declares, "that not a single girl has yet guessed that she
is talking with a computer program!"

But Sergei Shevchenko, senior malware analyst at the security firm PC Tools,
said in a statement that its real application is much more dangerous: ID

"Internet users today are generally aware of the dangers of opening
suspicious attachments and visiting unusual URLs, but CyberLover employs a
new technique that is unheard of - and that's what makes it particularly
dangerous," said Sergei Shevchenko, senior malware analyst at PC Tools.

"As a tool that can be used by hackers to conduct identity fraud, CyberLover
demonstrates an unprecedented level of social engineering. It employs highly
intelligent and customized dialogue to target users of social-networking
systems," Shevchenko added.

For the moment, the attacks have been limited to Russia but could
potentially spread to other parts of the world.

"CyberLover has been designed as a bot that lures victims automatically,
without human intervention. If it's spawned in multiple instances on
multiple servers, the number of potential victims could be very
substantial," Shevchenko said.

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