Sen. Blumenthal to introduce new bill blocking Grinch bots

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the ‘Stopping Grinch Bots Act’ on Friday, a bill that could help block ‘Cyber Grinch bots’.

Cyber Grinches use bot technology to bypass security measures and order large batches of popular toys to then resell them at inflated prices. The new bill would ban bots on all online retail platforms.

Sen. Blumenthal passed a similar legislation in 2016 on ticket bot cyber scalpers using the same price gouging method.

The announcement happened at the Toy Chest in West Hartford Friday at 11am.

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