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Cyberlover Malware used to get personal information

You could endure (opens in new tab) more than a heart break next time you engage in online flirt with an unknown stranger.

Security Firm PC Tools has discovered that a Russian-made application nicknamed Cyberlover has infiltrated many dating websites and is using advanced Artificial intelligence to lure web users into giving out sensitive data.

In a move that could literally turn on Turing Test Amateurs (opens in new tab), Cyberlover (opens in new tab) seemingly proves to be an 'intelligent' software as it succeeds in confusing the victim into thinking he is talking to a real person.

The software integrates a number of 'dialogue scenarios' with a series of pre-programmed questions and discussion designed to encourage prospective victims to engage conversation.

Cyberlover's creators have boosted that they can create new relationships with 20 partners within an hour or so.

According to PC Tools, the software can handle several profiles like in Role Playing Games, ranging from romantic lover to sexual predator.

The program can also invite potential candidates to a website infected with malware and other malicious code.

One can expect the adult industry to be particularly interested in this natural language, conversational application as a way to engage customers into parting with their money in what they would thing would be online adult webcam sessions.

Cyberlover is prevalent in Russia and has been particularly active in Internet Relay Chat rooms according to an update PC Tools provided to Cnet (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.