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Dec 18 2007   11:20AM GMT

Lonely web users warned off caddish software

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It is the time of year when the lonely can be made susceptible, and lulled into all sort of devilish traps. So internet-chatroom romantics beware: your next chat may be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person.

An Australian anti-virus software firm, PC Tools, has warned that software used on a new Russian website could be abused by identity fraudsters trying to harvest people¹s personal details online.

The Russian website is advertising software that, it says, can simulate flirtatious chatroom exchanges. It boasts that it can chat up as many as 10 women at a time and persuade them to hand over their phone numbers, although the system does have a little trouble remembering birthdays.

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