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.
The messages started fairly benign, and we immediately knew what we were dealing with based on language alone.
It was stilted and misspelled, and while that’s a common issue when typing with a controller, this didn’t feel like your average PSN user.
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.
Whether you know it or not, odds are you've encountered one. "The majority of the matches are often bots," says Satnam Narang, Symantec’s senior response manager. Keeping the automated personalities at bay has become a central challenge for software developers.