29
SEP
2009

Malicious screen scraping: Worth preventing?

A number of recent cases have heightened the profile of screen scraping. But why should firms now be looking out for screen scraping issues that could affect them? Is it that much of a problem that it deserves a business’ attention? According to TJ McIntyre, a lecturer in...
20
AUG
2009

Ryanair takes German screen scraping ticket tout to court

Ryanair has taken a German internet ticket tout to court, accusing it of unauthorised screen scraping and reselling the airline’s flights at inflated prices. Unister GmbH has been taken to the High Court in Dublin by Ryanair, which has claimed the German organisation...
31
JUL
2009

Data scraping ‘can be simple or very hard’

For those people that carry out screen scraping, it can either be a simple or particularly difficult task, it has been suggested. This depends on how complex the source is, according to Martin Streicher, writing for Linux Magazine. The tools for carrying out scraping activity are...
30
JUL
2009

Ryanair to sue screen scraping website

Ryanair is to sue Travelviva AG for engaging in unauthorised screen scraping activity, it has been reported. The airline has accused the German screen scraping travel website of reselling Ryanair flights with unjustified mark-ups, according to SiliconRepublic.com. Ryanair has...
24
JUL
2009

Firms note data scraping negatives

The act of data scraping can be pernicious and anyone who publishes original content on the internet is affected by scraping to some extent, it has been claimed. Experts at Sentor suggest that out-of-control scraping attacks on a company’s website can seriously damage its...
24
JUL
2009

Cultuzz gets rid of screen scraping

Cultuzz Digital Media has announced that it is to no longer use screen scraping and its interfaces are now XML-based. The company asserted that screen scraping is not as reliable as an XML interface, which may scare off those looking to use screen scraping in a malicious manner....
15
JUL
2009

News scraping levy proposals criticised

Proposals to introduce a levy for scraping online news articles for publication elsewhere have come under fire from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. In an article for PR Week blog, president of the institute Kevin Taylor criticised the proposals by the Newspaper...
14
JUL
2009

Malware ‘can attack’ through screen scraping

Once malware is installed on a platform it can be used in a variety of ways to attack a computer, including screen scraping, it has been said. Screen scraping malware operates by reading the application screen buffer and then taking the data from it, according to research...
13
JUL
2009

Data scraping causing problems in social networking industry?

It seems as though data scraping is now becoming a problematic issue in the social networking world, as it recently emerged that Power.com is countersuing Facebook. It comes after Facebook sued Power.com towards the end of last year for scraping data from the social networking...
09
JUL
2009

Social security numbers can be predicted using ‘readily available data’

Social security numbers can be predicted by taking readily available data from governmental sources, commercial data bases or social networks, it has been suggested. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have revealed that this data, which could be taken with the use of screen...