It has been a good few months for house agents and online marketing firms, with many seeing the value in building a more sophisticated, personalized online presence.
And the next big thing is bots.
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For example, on March 31, an email address used by a marketing firm called Blue Star House in Virginia was compromised, with email messages, photos, and other content sent to it.
The firm’s CEO, Ashley Krawitz, told TechCrunch the email address had been compromised by an email campaign.
“I don’t want to get too far into the weeds here, but it seems like this company has been targeted by a bot,” Krawiz said.
“We’ve seen a lot of bot activity.”
The bot campaign targeted an email account associated with the company that had recently started accepting submissions for its online ads.
That email address has since been traced to a different company.
The botting is a reminder of the increasing number of bots that have sprung up online.
Bots can be created and deployed on the fly.
They can be automated.
They even can be hijacked by people trying to steal money.
It’s easy to fall prey to a bot.
In the past, bot accounts had been used to steal the identity of individuals and companies.
“It’s easy for someone to get access to a person’s email address, and then to steal their identity,” KRAWIZ said.
Bot accounts have long been used for identity theft.
And while most of those cases are still fairly rare, bots are increasingly being used for more nefarious purposes, such as spamming.
Krawiz says bot accounts are often used for email spoofing, or simply to try to fool people into believing the email they sent was legitimate.
Bot accounts have also been used in a number of other online scams, including those associated with credit card swiping, where people have been duped into giving their bank account details to the fraudulent parties.
“We’ve also seen bots try to take advantage of people with a lot less sophisticated, traditional marketing strategies,” KREWSZ said.
“They’re going after people with less sophisticated advertising strategies that don’t rely on social media and email and web browsing.”
While botting may seem like a new thing, it’s not.
“Bots have been around for a while, and they have been there for a long time,” Krewiz said, adding that the botting has been happening for several years, with the rise of social bots in recent years.
“A lot of it’s been a response to the rise in automation and more automation, and that’s where bots have been, and it’s a reaction to people getting smarter and smarter and getting more sophisticated with the things they’re doing.”
One example of bots using bot accounts to gain access to accounts is the bot used by Blue Star on its site.
The bot used an email domain associated with Blue Star and redirected people to an address that appeared to belong to a Blue Star representative.
It also used a password to gain entry into the email account.
The email address also contained the domain name and an email alias for Blue Star.
KRAWZ said it appears that a bot has used the Blue Star email address to get into the account.KRAWIZ says the Blue star email was stolen, but he didn’t say if the account was compromised.
A similar situation occurred earlier this month when a Blue star user in California received an email containing a link to a fraudulent domain name.
The threat posed by bots has been discussed for years.
In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security released a report that identified bots as the top threat to online safety and privacy.
“There is an overwhelming amount of evidence to suggest that bots and malicious software are being used to compromise and manipulate millions of people’s accounts and identities on a regular basis, from the people who create them to the people that use them to their targets,” the DHS said in a statement at the time.