Bots Gone Wild
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And you might ask yourself...what do the lyrics of one rock n roller named Joan Jett have to do with a bad reputation?
On eBay, reputation is everything. But apparently a new scam is turning good reputations into bad.
In a story posted yesterday on CMP's TechWeb site, writer Gregg Keizer informs us that there's a "new twist on an old con" on eBay, where cyber fraudster's are setting up bogus auctions in order to boost their eBay rankings and reputations...then turning around and capitalizing on those bot-generated reputations to sell things via auctions that they have no intentions of shipping to the buyers.
It reminds me of an online Texas Hold 'Em Poker game, where two or more players are collaborating behind the backs of the other players through instant messaging, working to increase the antes and working the cards against you in the poker "back channel."
As the old saying goes, if you can't spot the sucker in the game, it's probably you!
The most amazing part of the scam is that the bots are interacting with other bots to build the reputation of the individuals who then work to scam us mere mortals! Not only do you run the risk of getting taken! You get taken by a bot who was collaborating with another bot! Mr. Bot, meet Hal.
You can read Fortinet's roundup of the scam here.
Meanwhile, watch your back...and your bot.