Internet chatroom romantics beware: your next chat may
be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person,
trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an
online security firm says.
A Russian website called CyberLover.ru is advertising a
software tool that, it says, can simulate flirtatious
chatroom exchanges. It boasts that it can chat up as
many as 10 women at the same time and persuade them to
hand over phone numbers.
An Australian anti-virus software firm, PC Tools, has
warned that the software could be abused by identity
fraudsters trying to harvest people's personal details
online. The Russian site denied it was intended for
The program, so far available only in Russian, will go
on sale around February 15, just after St Valentine's
Day, said the CyberLover.ru website.
CyberLover's website explains that the settings on its
program can be changed to attract men, persuade people
to visit a website or encourage them to top up mobile
telephone credit, and that all the data collected will