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

Watch the video and learn more about the rising scalper bot threat

Whether it’s the launch of a new console, the latest Air Jordans hitting the virtual shelves or Glastonbury tickets going on sales, in 2020 it’s not just the other die-hard fans clamouring for sought after goods.

Disguised amongst the barrage of traffic are bots, and most notably, scalper bots.

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.

The reseller market is growing by the day, particularly in the current economic downturn, as more people seek to profit from high demand items such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X, while fans are left increasingly frustrated and out of pocket.

During our panel discussion, we delved into the scalper bot challenge facing brands, retailers and customers.

Here’s what you’ll learn:
  • What are scalper bots and how do they work?
  • The growth and consumerisation of the scalper bot market
  • Inside a scalper bot attack
  • How to stop scalper bots
  • Matthew Gracey-McMinn
    Matthew Gracey-McMinn Head of Threat Research
    Matthew Gracey-McMinn is an experienced Cyber Threat Intelligence professional with an MSc from the University of Oxford. In his current role at Netacea, he researches and investigates the impact of malicious bots on online businesses and their customers. In his previous role at ReliaQuest, he was the Core Team analyst, working with the world's largest companies in responding to cybersecurity incidents, hunting for undetected attackers, identifying sub-optimal practices, and improving security models.
  • Thomas Platt
    Thomas Platt Head of eCommerce
    Tom works with leading eCommerce, marketplaces and media organisations, to help them understand and quantify the impact of bots. Tom works closely with Netacea's largest customers to ensure they stay ahead of the latest bot challenges, whilst collaborating with Netacea’s product and threat teams to research emerging bot trends across industries.
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