What are scalper bots?
Scalpers bots use automated methods to secure goods, such as event tickets that are bought in bulk, and complete the checkout process in a fraction of the time it would take any legitimate user. Attackers use automated software to ‘sit’ at the front of the queue and buy thousands of tickets from the moment they go on sale.
Scalping is a well-known technique in the ticketing industry, where the purchased tickets are resold later at a profit by the scalpers/touts. This can also lead to a type of user denial of inventory, since the goods or services become unavailable.
Scalpers purchasing limited availability goods or tickets for resale elsewhere, can result in negative public opinion becoming associated with the targeted brands. As of July 5th 2019, the UK has banned the use of ticket scalping bots, imposing “unlimited” fines on anyone caught breaking the law.
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