The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers seek to quash ‘Grinch bots’ inflating holiday toy prices

Of course, the threat goes beyond just toys. “For me it’s interesting to see the willingness of potentially malicious actors to misuse systems in a variety of ways, and the evolution of those ways over time,” said Dan Cornell, chief technology officer of a Texas-based cybersecurity consulting firm called the Denim Group.

Still, lawmakers sponsoring the bill positioned the problem as more than just an affront to consumers and retailers. It’s also an affront to Christmas, they said.

About Denim Group

Denim Group is the leading secure software development firm, serving as a trusted advisor to customers on matters of software risk and security. The company builds software for the most security conscious while helping organizations assess and mitigate risk within their existing software. Denim Group's flagship ThreadFix product accelerates the process of software vulnerability remediation, reflecting the company's rich understanding of what it takes to fix application vulnerabilities faster. Denim Group has emerged as a strong contributor to the larger application security community and has actively participated in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) since shortly after its inception.

Among many other awards, Denim Group has landed on the "Inc. 5000" list - which recognizes the country's 5000 fastest-growing private companies - for five years in a row. In addition, the San Antonio Business Journal named Denim Group as one of the "Best Places to Work" in the city.

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