More About Scalping Bots Part 2

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Thanks to Netacea for providing more information about Scalping Bots. This is a two part series.
Netacea provides website, mobile app, and API protection from threats posed by bots including scrapers, scalpers, carding, credential stuffing and other automated attacks. https://www.netacea.com/
This is a response to an article that was posted by CyberWyoming with information from Scambusters.org.


With the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act, it is illegal to “circumvent a security measure, access control system, or other technological control or measure on an Internet website or online service that is used by the ticket issuer to enforce posted event ticket purchasing limits or to maintain the integrity of posted online ticket purchasing order rules.” This has cut back on sports and entertainer ticket scalping.

However, the new technique isn’t a physical person buying tickets. Instead the FTC has taken its first actions against firms that use scalping bots. Scalping bots create multiple identities, jump to the head of the line because they are faster than human reactions, and try to buy everything. In addition, they are capable of targeting multiple sellers at once.

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, retailers saw their Xbox Series X stock run out almost immediately. On the day of the release, it was available at Best Buy for $499.99. However, soon after the console appeared on eBay for $6,000 and on Currys PC for £2,449.

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According to Scambusters.org, Walmart blocked 20 million bot attempts to buy the new PS5 game console in under 30 minutes during the Christmas sale season.

While some retailers have joined with Walmart to call for action against scalping bots, it may be a long time in coming. CyberWyoming’s advice is to wait until the frenzy is over and then purchase the product. It will probably save you money in the long run.

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