COVID-19 has quickly reshaped web traffic and app usage patterns; for example, skyrocketing traffic to food delivery services. The rapid consumer behavior shift has morphed attack patterns, expanded the threat environment and added pressure against many site operators unaccustomed to so much fraudster attention.
If nothing else, bad actors perpetrating ecommerce transaction fraud are clever opportunists, and a crisis like the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is proving a perfect opportunity for them to prey upon unsuspecting sellers and consumers, experts agree. The rise of contactless deliveries and working from home are among the entry points.
The U.S. government is cracking down on the sale of counterfeit ecommerce items and pirated goods, warning of stricter rules and penalties for participants in a rogue economy that was valued at $509 billion in 2016. A DHS report announcing the crackdown came in response to an April 2019 memorandum from President Trump.
So-called Grinch bots buy up popular toys in bulk at Christmas and resell them at a profit. They affected as much as 97% of traffic to ecommerce sites in the week ending Cyber Monday, Radware claimed. Now Congress is considering legislation for the third time to combat the threat. Will a new law or technology solve the problem?
Marketing fraud ─ including skewed analytics, ad fraud, affiliate fraud and lead fraud ─ is a growing problem for online businesses in every industry, and it’s more pronounced over the busy holiday shopping season. Juniper Research estimates that in 2019, advertisers around the world will lose $42 billion of ad spend to fraud.
The holiday shopping season is practically upon us, which means savvy consumers are getting ready for the best sales of the year. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones preparing to take advantage of the season. Learn about the serious threats posed by bad actors like Magecart groups, and what steps you can take now to be protected.
While retailers pursue same-day delivery, grocers often complete and ship orders in an hour, while restaurants get even less time. Merchants in food delivery thus have to make instant decisions about the legitimacy of a purchase or risk upsetting their customers. The trick is implementing fraud prevention without ruining the experience.