Complex cyber attacks target online retailers

If you have implemented a way of blocking bot activity, make sure it’s actually working. If you haven’t, do so now…:

[…] Malicious automated attacks are a top threat to online retailers, a trend that has remained consistent before and during COVID-19. 98.04% of the attacks on online retailers detailed in the report originate from automated bot activity.

Simple bots are used in 44.15% of these attacks and function by connecting to a single, ISP-assigned IP address. The leading sources for these attacks are the United States (30.93%), Russia (14.39%) and Ukraine (12.92%).

Bots are also increasingly used as a competitive weapon by retailers who deploy bots for price scraping and inventory trackers to keep an eye on their industry rivals.


Original article here