Masses of global citizens have been retreating to their homes and relying on online services to stock up their domiciles during the coronavirus pandemic, and it could be having an influence on cyberattacks against websites.

Researchers at application protection company PerimeterX have reported a two-month increase in account takeover attacks against online home goods retailers, and a rise in bot-fueled automated data scraping attacks against all e-commerce websites over the same time period.

In a new blog post authored by founder and CTO Ido Safruti, PerimeterX reports that "in recent days" nearly 80 percent of log-in attempts against home goods retailers were the result of ATOs. The company also notes that searches for toilet paper have increased by 1,400 percent since March 11. "We have even seen some sites experience larger spikes in single-day traffic during March than they saw during the last Cyber Monday...," the report states.

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