02
SEP
2014

Web scraping and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Over the years web scraping has rapidly increased, and in 2013, about 23% of all internet traffic was scraping-related. It is extremely easy to perform as just simple online search will provide step-by-step guides of how to do it. This could also have something to do with it...
20
JAN
2014

Is screen scraping legal?

The legality of screen scraping is far from simple to address. Laws, where they exist, differ by jurisdiction, and court rulings seem ambiguous at best. This is not surprising as most cases against scrapers are brought using laws that were intended for other types of abuse. It is...
29
JAN
2010

Simplifying screen scraping in 2010

With the turn of the new year, many will take on fresh approaches to aspects of their life and work. Perhaps they will need to take a new stance on their attitudes to data and screen scraping as well in 2010, with some predicting that it will become a more widespread problem in...
11
DEC
2009

Screen scraping theft and how to stop it

Many people may have innocently copied and pasted content from a website in direct breach with the terms and conditions of companies’ websites. Others undertake scraping activity for different reasons. There are a number of ways screen scraping is carried out and a variety...
27
NOV
2009

Screen scraping target: B2B portals

While many different firms are a target for screen scraping activity, there are some that are more at threat than others. According to Sentor MSS, online business-to-business portals are particularly at risk and are regular targets for screen scraping. For such portals, keeping...
22
OCT
2009

Screen scraping target: Directories

Directories can be negatively impacted by screen scraping in a number of ways and those involved in the industry may want to get some better protection than they already have in place. While the paper product is still important in this sector, the rise of internet adoption means...
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...
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

Data scraping suggested after Pirate Bay acquisition announced

It recently emerged that the Pirate Bay has been acquired by listed software company Global Gaming Factory. Since this development, one man has suggested scraping all of the Pirate Bay’s torrents over to a new tracker. Then Mininova and all the other indexes using the...
07
JUL
2009

Internet ‘full of dangers like screen scraping’

The internet is full of dangers such as screen scraping, data stealing malware and hackers, it has been said. In its blog, payment services firm HomeATM said that typing financial data into the internet will be safer today than it is tomorrow as the web becomes a more dangerous...
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