ScrapeDefender Protects Data by Thwarting Web-Scraping Attempts

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-01-29 Print this article Print

The system is able to determine a baseline level of activity for a given site that will help indicate what is normal traffic and what activity should be considered suspicious.

"That's what intrusion detection is all about, and this is an intrusion detection application of sorts," Kane said.


Kane described the remediation actions available to users as being a bit of a game of "whack-a-mole," where new threats pop up as old ones are blocked.

"We have the ability to digitally fingerprint devices so that as activity pops up we can identify and block scraping," Kane said.

The ScrapeDefender solution does have an application programming interface (API) that can integrate with Web Application Firewall (WAF) technology. WAFs are widely used on the Internet today as a means of blocking application attacks.

There is also an intellectual property enforcement component of ScrapeDefender, which includes form letters that enable users to contact offenders and ask them to stop their activities.

ScrapeDefender has some competition in the space, including Distil Networks, which offers a similar type of solution. Kane said a key difference is how the two solutions are implemented on a Website. The Distil cloud solution involves Websites redirecting their DNS information, which is a similar approach to how many cloud security vendors, including Incapsula and Cloudflare, protect their customers. In contrast, ScrapeDefender requires JavaScript code snippets in order to work with the cloud service.

Overall, Kane sees a lot of growth potential for the anti-scraping industry.

"I look at this business like the antivirus business was early on," Kane said. "There is an enormous amount of opportunity for anti-scraping technology, and I think we'll see more companies come into this space."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.


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