This is the very social engineering angle that such a request plays upon, as once you accept the request, you will be engaged in a discussion with a chatbot.
Seems a little out of character to be trying to chat up strangers on Skype.
I decided to play along and see if this chatbot was capable of arguing for it’s humanity.
[2014-05-27, AM] Jean taggart: Yeah, the more I talk with you, the more I’m thinking I’m interacting with a script, take “(wave) hey, i saw your profile on the new skype app…i hope you don’t mind me adding you? ” A Google search return the exact same phrase being used by a script based chat agent.
We could play hang-man with it, ask the bot for the time, get currency exchanges, ask for the current weather, inquire when last a user had been present in the channel, and replay embarrassing quotes from users of the channel taken out of context. Early malicious bots https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_bot (scroll down to malicious purposes) used IRC as a command and control platform, where infected computer would log into an IRC channel to await commands, and this gave IRC bots and IRC in general a bad name. My Skype profile is incredibly sparse, intentionally so.
Chatbot technology hasn’t stood still since then, with the development of Cleverbot, A. To further add to the scenario, Dana kindly provides the potential mark an enticing age and gender: 23 years old and female.
This helps narrow the target audience to someone who would be interested in a paid pornographic website.Wow, a bachelor in sociology, smart girl we have here…I recently had a strange contact request show up on Skype.I mainly use this messaging platform for work, and I was puzzled, as I did not recognize the name of the requester.I performed a quick web investigation on the name of the account, as well as contacted a co-worker to see if this was simply someone new at work trying to connect with me via Skype.All results were negative, but this strange unknown person piqued my curiosity.