Quite an innovative way to combat phishing fraudsters.
New Zealand have developed a bot which finds fraudsters and engages them in endlessly long email exchanges. The idea is that this keeps them away from real victims and it allows authorities to garner information on these criminals.
Time will tell if it is successful but it has the feel of a "sticking plaster" approach to me.
Also, have a read of the conversations. Do they seem authentic to you?
Cyber crime costs New Zealanders around NZ$250m annually. Computer programmers at Netsafe spent more than a year designing the bots as part of their Re:scam initiative, which went live on Wednesday. Within 24 hours 6,000 scam emails had been sent to the Re:scam email address and there were 1000 active conversations taking place between scammers and chatbots. So far, the longest exchange between a scammer and a chatbot pretending to be a New Zealander was 20 emails long.