Data scraping is exactly what it sounds like: scraping data or information from a website. Data scraping is not necessarily illegal, but unfortunately a cadre of data thieves has reared its ugly head in the last few years and stolen much information illegally from others websites for their own financial gain.
These data scraping ‘Scrapers’ use webots, crawlers, scripts, bots, spiders or harvesters to mine your site for information. The bad news is that many of these readily-available tools are the same ones that Yahoo and Google use to search and index websites, and thus are difficult to identify. Which is a good one and which is a bad one? Also, data scraping baddies utilize TOR networks and anonymous proxies to duck under the radar.
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