Bots

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Content scraping: How does it affect your business?

Content scrapers are automated bots that steal your content from websites and mobile apps for their own use without permission, usually for malicious purposes. Content scrapers typically copy all the content from a webpage and portray it as their own content. Bots can scrape all of the content on a website in a matter of seconds, even for large websites such as eCommerce sites with thousands of product pages. These bots can scrape public website information such as text, images, HTML and CSS code.

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Bot Protection Beyond CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is designed to prevent bots or spam attacks from accessing a webpage. Traditionally users were tasked with typing text from a simple image, but over time CAPTCHA has evolved into more complex images and voice recognition in response to the increasing sophistication of attacks.

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Part One: The Rise of Scalper Bots

Scalper bots are designed to automatically purchase online goods. Generally, they do this by adding a product to a cart and completing the checkout process far faster than any human could hope to do so. They exploit vulnerabilities in websites to purchase goods before they are even listed as available to the usual human users of a website. Those using scalper bots have a huge advantage over non-bot users when it comes to purchasing limited-quantity items.

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Price scraping: How does it work and who is at risk?

Scraper bots are commonly used to acquire prices and content from websites for competitive advantage. Aggressive scraper bot activity slows down websites for customers, resulting in a bad user experience that costs the retailer revenue as frustrated customers are driven to competitors, while exposing vital pricing data.

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You Can Run, But You Can't Hide: Advanced Emotet Updates

Emotet has become one of the world’s most advanced botnets. Like many malware campaigns, Emotet’s primary mode of delivery is phishing emails that download malicious Microsoft Office documents. Furthermore, these documents are often hosted in popular cloud apps like Office 365 and Amazon S3 to increase the chances of a successful lure.

The Rise of Scalper Bots: An Analysis of the PS5 Launch

Scalper bots, also referred to as sneaker bots, thrive on supply and demand. These malicious bots target merchandise that is in high demand or limited supply and snap it up faster than any human user can, before selling it on for a tidy profit. During our panel discussion, we’ll be delving into the scalper bot challenge facing brands, retailers and customers.
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Anti-Fingerprint Browsers: What You Need to Know

Client-side technology (such as JavaScript) can be used to create a unique “fingerprint” for a specific device/browser combination, which can be used to modify functionality or detect returning users. Some fraud prevention tools will use fingerprinting to block transactions from browsers that have been previously identified as insecure or involved in fraudulent activity.

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The PS5 Launch Breaks The Internet

It’s PS5 launch day and dedicated fans have been queuing all morning to get their hands on the limited number of consoles available. So far, we’ve seen John Lewis, Tesco, Currys PC World, Game and Argos struggle under the enormity of tens of thousands of visitors. John Lewis was offline entirely while those with a queuing system in place found that slowing the flow of traffic alone was not enough to protect retailers from over selling stock.