Attackers may be extracting complete, real-time price data for competitive advantage, using that data to power their own automated retail operations. Scraping is a key element to a successful shopping bot described above as the attacker needs to collect specific information about their target purchase. The threat actors could also be using these attacks to learn how a system functions or launch an account takeover attack. Often minimized
as merely cutting and pasting, the business impact of content scraping should not be overlooked. Content scraping leads to loss of intellectual property, increased IT infrastructure costs and when done by a competitor, can mean lost customer. In a 2021 Forrester survey of 400+ organizations
, only 15% of businesses were protecting themselves against web scraping attacks, yet 73% face such an attack on a weekly basis. And 63% report losing between 1% and 10% of their revenue to web scraping attacks alone.