But in the case of a website that doesn’t have any visible contact information, Whois is the next best thing.
So, in the name of research, we continued our engagement, genuinely curious about where the porn bot would send us.
This one didn’t end up sending us anywhere, as we inadvertently shut down the conversation with a flippant remark about “not playing competitive” in response to a “do you want to have good time” comment. On to the next one.“They will ask for your credit card information and say they will send you a sexy video of them.
But it didn’t have anything to do with my gender — I have rigid privacy settings on both my Xbox and Play Station profile that prevents people I don’t know from messaging me.
One of my sons has his account set up to be private.
These accounts weren’t just spamming him, they were sending somewhat explicit messages in an attempt to entice him to join a private webcam chat with a 22- or 23-year-old woman, depending on which of the six porn bots he engaged with. If you’re unfamiliar, Play Station Network (PSN) and Xbox Live (XBL) both have messaging platforms that allow users to interact with one another.
It’s a bit ungainly to type on a controller, but they have (or if chat is enabled), children could be susceptible to receiving these messages and risking exposure to pornographic content before they’re old enough to understand what they’re looking at.
Last July, he found out that he wasn't the only one getting the silent treatment.
A hacker group called The Impact Team leaked internal memos from Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life, which revealed the widespread use of sexbots — artificially-intelligent programs, posing as real people, intended to seduce lonely hearts like Russell into paying for premium service. The strangers hitting you up for likes on Facebook? And, like many online trends, this one's rising up from the steamier corners of the web.
You see that sexy profile pic and just aren't sure if it is an old friend from high school or an imaginary person created to get you to enter your credit card information on an adult entertainment website.
Fear not, intrepid Internet traveller, we have a few pointers to help you spot those pesky porn bots before they spam your email account and empty your bank account.
The messages started fairly benign, and we immediately knew what we were dealing with based on language alone.