“Without exception there has been an increase in the quantity and complexity of scraping attacks over the past 12 months.
ScrapeSentry Scraping Report Identifies the Risks to Online Businesses
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Not to be published before 12.01 am BST on 10th April 2014
The rising threat of web scraping to online businesses is clearly outlined in Sentor’s ScrapeSentry Scraping Threat Report 2014, issued today.
By analysing ScrapeSentry’s Global Scraping Intelligence Platform, which is the world’s largest database for scraping related activity, Sentor is able to demonstrate that web scraping rates have grown rapidly during 2013
Commenting on the growth in scraping incidents, Sentor’s co-founder Martin Zetterlund said, “Without exception there has been an increase in the quantity and complexity of scraping attacks over the past 12 months. Scrapers have become more skilled and motivated in their activity. It is very concerning that web scraping is one of the least understood and recognised security threats to online businesses.
In brief, Mr Zetterlund concluded: “There are growing numbers of people who are dependent on efficient scraping for profit and they are improving their ability to mimic normal users and to avoiding being blocked. Companies need to realise that the threats are increasing and that scrapers are becoming more determined to circumvent the barriers and exploit ignorance.”
As the world’s first organisation to identify the threat of Web Scraping to online businesses and to develop the solution, ScrapeSentry, in 2006, Sentor is the global leader in anti-scraping and works with many high profile organisations to protect them from scrapers.
Highlights from the ScrapeSentry Threat Report 2014 includes:
• 10% increase in scraping attacks in 2013
• Continued yearly increase in overall scraping activity for the
fourth year in a row
• 18% of visitors to websites are identified as scrapers and makeup
23 % of all traffic
• Over 90 % of all scraping traffic is identified as professional
• Over 50 % of all scraping activity originated from either China,
USA or Australia
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Notes to Editors:
Definition of Scraping: Scraping (also known as web scraping, screen scraping or data scraping) is where large amounts of data from a web site is copied manually or with a script or program. Scrapers might be copying data to populate their own site, or to pretend to be you to customers or online, or to ensure they price match and better you. Whatever their motive and final use for your data, web scrapers are likely to be competing with you for customers. Scraping can also have the unintended (or sometimes the intended) consequence of also then slowing access to the scraped site and to customers being unable to complete transactions, so that they abandon the site and go elsewhere.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and with offices in Malmo, Sweden, Boston, USA and London, England, Sentor (www.sentor.se) provides innovative security services to clients across the world. Sentor’s teams of highly qualified consultants identify vulnerabilities, recommend and implement solutions and provide continual monitoring and feedback to clients about their security status. Sentor’s ScrapeSentry (www.scrapesentry.com) service ensures that clients are protected from scraping and all the costs, losses of data, customers and IP as well as the potential losses in the reputational damage that this involves.