According to leaked emails, to create the bots, the staff utilized photos from what they described as “abandoned profiles” that were at least two years old.
They also generated 10,000 lines of profile descriptions and captions.
“And our bots would kick ass.” he fact that AI con artists are up to such tricks isn’t surprising or new.
But what’s truly phenomenal is the durability of this online hustle, and the millions of saps still falling for it.
In 2012, Doriana Silva, a former Ashley Madison employee in Toronto, sued Avid Life Media for million complaining that she suffered from repetitive strain injury while creating over 1,000 sexbots — known within the company as “Ashley’s Angels” — for the site.
The company countersued Silva, alleging that she absconded with confidential “work product and training materials,” and posted pictures of her on a jet ski to suggest she wasn’t so injured after all.
Bots were deployed for international markets as well.
The company would simply run the dialogue lines through
In the end, about 80 percent of paying customers were contacted by an Ashley Angel.
“It appears they were scamming their users,” Conru says.
“The only way you can compete with fraud is you let people know it’s fraud,” he tells me.
“And it happens across the industry.” Conru and AFF’s CEO, Jon Buckheit, another Stanford Ph.
“It’s been a cat and mouse game for 20 years.” And it’s not a game he always wins.