Grinch Bots Steal Christmas Again

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Supply-chain issues and increased online sales are proving to be a gift for bad bots

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Grinch bots receive the most attention during the holiday shopping period, but they operate year-round, and constant supply-chain-related product shortages and high online sales traffic are creating a perfect storm.

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Gift cards, which were especially popular this year, are another favorite for bots. Another cybersecurity company Cassada said automated online gift-card-lookup attempts have increased during this year’s holiday shopping period. People who want to gift a piece of digital art will also have it scaled by bots, which are of course Active in the non-fungible token market,

The bots are furious that lawmakers reintroduced a bill last month to curb their activity. In the meantime, some savvy shoppers are choosing to just play the game, with some paying $99 a month just to make sure a shopping bot can grab that PlayStation 5 in time.

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If you can’t beat them, join them.

Write Jinjoo Lee at [email protected]

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