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Quite a few auction are being subjected to hacking lately from the smaller guys to some more prominent houses. I understand there are hackers everywhere hacking for all kinds of reasons - to disrupt - take hostages - for fun. What would you think is the motivation in these cases? Is there a mad man out there (no not a political statement) with a nefarious motivation - perhaps a disgruntled "winner" who was shilled or charged too much shipping? Also I haven't looked that closely but it seems that a few might be using the same platform (if that's what it's called) with older safeguards, or is it a server issue where they are vulnerable to volume attacks, or sumptin else as it wasn't happening until recently (at least as far as one knows - but do one?!?)??
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Ken Goldin was posting on Net54 and Blowout that the attacks against his auctionhouse were intended to screw with the auction.  The way I interpreted it was they were trying to win items for under market value, so they created a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack using computer "bots": basically thousands of computers being commanded to refresh the website repeatedly and simultaneously, putting a strain on the servers that the auction website is housed on.  That's why he extended the auction another day, then another day.  
It could be punitive/retaliatory, but more likely just for profit motive.  If they can cut the auction bidders short and win a $250,000 card for only $70K, then spending a few thousand dollars writing spamware to create bot armies doesn't seem like so much.  And since there are also many bidders coming from foreign countries, those outside the power of the U.S. Federal government can operate in a gray space where they may never get exposed or arrested/tried.  

Many of the modern buyers (being derisively referred to as "snearkerbois" because they collect hot new shoes) causing a spike in the market are considered "script kitties", a.k.a. computer coders who write software to find product immediately as it's released on the website and immediately buy it within seconds, so humans who try are told it's immediately sold out.  Then they reprice the same box or case of cards for 5x on eBay since they're the only owners they can jack up the price.  There is a 1000 page thread on Blowout about the Topps Project 2020 cards where this is regularly discussed.  Same with Topps online exclusive Topps Chrome Sapphire.  

I think Panini or Leaf or another manufacturer had a website only sale recently where they basically entrapped the bots.  They listed a new product at like $300 with only a few items for sale at that price.  People who tried to check out after it sold out were forward to a product worth $50 or so that was priced on the website for like $10,000.  The bots took the bait and some actually purchased the $10,000 product since they weren't coded well enough to notice the bait and switch a human would have.  

Here's an article that explains more of the concept: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvgqp3/nintendo-switch-check-out-bots-shortage 


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https://www.blowoutforums.com/showthread.php?t=1316845

https://www.blowoutforums.com/showthread.php?t=1364128

https://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=286088&highlight=goldin

https://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=286238&highlight=goldin  (Post 28 has Ken Goldin's statement that says it's just people trying to cause trouble)

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Far too many people with free time on their hands and zero moral values.
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