SOURCE: Sentor

April 10, 2014 11:52 ET

Web Scraping and Data Theft on the Increase

Sentor ScrapeSentry Scraping Report Identifies the Risks to Online Businesses

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2014) - The rising threat of web scraping to online businesses is clearly outlined in Sentor's ScrapeSentry Scraping Threat Report 2014 issued today. 

By analyzing ScrapeSentry's Global Scraping Intelligence Platform, which is the world's largest database for scraping activity, Sentor warns that web scraping rates have grown rapidly during 2013.

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 recognized security threats to online businesses." 

Mr Zetterlund concluded: "There are growing numbers of people who are dependent on scraping for profit and they are improving their ability to mimic normal users and to avoiding being blocked. Companies need to realize that threats are increasing and that scrapers are becoming more determined to circumvent the barriers and exploit ignorance."

As the world's first organization to identify the threat of web scraping and to develop the solution, ScrapeSentry, Sentor is the global leader in anti-scraping and works with many high profile organizations to protect them from scrapers.

Highlights from the report include:

  • 10% increase in scraping attacks in 2013
  • 18% of visitors to websites are scrapers and makeup 23% of all traffic
  • Over 90% of all scraping traffic is professional
  • Over 50% of all scraping activity originated from China, USA or Australia

Notes to Editors:

The report is available from: http://www.scrapesentry.com/scrapesentry-scraping-threat-report-2014/

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 to ensure they price match or better. 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 slowing access to the scraped site and to customers being unable to complete transactions, so that they abandon the site and go elsewhere.

About Sentor

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and with offices in Malmo, Sweden, Boston, USA and London, England, Sentor (www.sentor.se) provides innovative security services to global clients. Sentor's 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.

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