With grocery delivery in higher demand than ever, new add-ons have emerged to secure slots for consumers, presenting a new pathway for bad bots to wreak havoc.
In the strange new era of COVID-19, securing a grocery delivery slot can sometimes feel like hitting the lottery. You almost have to blink to believe it’s real when you get a slot.
As demand for online grocery shopping has risen, so has the availability of new browser extensions to help shoppers game the delivery system. In recent weeks, developers have released add-ons that perform functions like scanning for and alerting users to delivery slots, completing the checkout — and inadvertently presenting a pathway for malicious bots to harvest user information.