Dating sites using bots
The biggest increase among bad bots are impersonators, bots that try to take on a fake identity in some form.
Their goal is to penetrate website security and wreak havoc once inside.
Those revelations, of course, come after a massive hack that exposed the personal information of 32 million users.
The confirmation came through an independent audit by Ernst & Young, which was shared with Reuters.
Speaking to Reuters, Avid Life Media’s new CEO and President said that Ashley Madison’s male-to-female ratio is five to one, and that the use of bots had been discontinued entirely by late 2015.
The bots were essentially Ashley Madison’s sales force.
Men who signed up for a free account would be immediately contacted by a bot posing as an interested woman, but would have to buy credits from the site to reply.
One might think, for example, of trying to trick the program by throwing in a non sequitur, but the bots can even catch that and say something like “Oh, I don’t get it.” The bots don’t need to always be successful on each interaction.