Adafruit Doubles Security to Prevent Raspberry Pi Bot Sales | #computerhacking | #hacking


While large and expensive graphics cards may be in short supply across the world, small and inexpensive computers aren’t faring any better. One reason for this, according to Raspberry Pi retailer Adafruit, is bots. This is why Adafruit is requiring all accounts purchasing high-demand products – including Raspberry Pi boards, when they come back into stock, to be verified and have two-factor authentication enabled.

Automated “bots” are bulk buying popular consumer electronics. We’ve seen it with GPUs, PlayStation 5 and Xbox consoles. Bought in bulk and later sold for inflated prices, these bots are causing hardship for honest buyers. “Any time a product is in short supply you’re going to see bots trying to grab stock to resell at a margin. Graphic cards are the classic recent example of this. This is parasitic behavior, and it’s great to see people like Adafruit taking measures to stop it,” Raspberry Pi Co-Founder Eben Upton told ZDNet. Upton also addressed the issue of supply when he joined us for a special episode of the Pi Cast celebrating Raspberry Pi’s tenth anniversary.





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