US lawmakers hope to outlaw online ‘bots’ snatching up hard-to-find hardware

Senators put forward the 'Stopping Grinch Bots Act' yesterday

Anyone who's tried to buy a graphics card in the last year has felt the pinch of the chip shortage in a very specific way, enhanced by extra factors like cryptocurrency miners gobbling up limited stock. A group of US Senators are taking aim at another frustrating part of the equation: scalpers who use software bots to buy items from online stores the second they become available, then resell them at exorbitant prices. The Stopping Grinch Bots Act was presented on the Senate floor on Monday.

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Michael Crider

Michael Crider

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