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Tik-Tok Users Attempt to Shut Down Trump Merchandise Sites

Tik-Tok Users Attempt to Shut Down Trump Merchandise Sites

“This is a version of a real exploit called a ‘denial of inventory’ attack”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1261747580666552320

Despite his great successes in terms of everything from the economy to the judiciary, President Trump is experiencing the most bizarre and worrisome pushback I’ve ever witnessed.

Not only is Twitter bringing down the censor hammer on the leader of the free world, but Amazon’s Jeff Bezos-owned Twitch just temporarily suspended the Trump account. Happily for Bezos, he sees no downside in this move.  In fact,he’s totally fine with losing your business if you don’t support the Marxist BLM movement bent on destroying the country, along with the  capitalist system that made him a billionaire.

Further, Reddit has shut down the popular (if often rather unseemly) The_Donald thread.

Big Tech, in other words, is doubling down on silencing any and all dissent from their crazed commie agenda.

And it’s not just coming from the Big Tech stranglehold on the right.  Indeed, there are reports that TikTok users are organizing to undermine and otherwise damage the sale of Trump-related products, leading, they imagine, to a decline in Trump support.

The Verge reports:

Earlier this week, TikTok and Twitter users started posting videos and messages claiming they were “buying” the entire supply of items like Trump baseballs and “Baby Lives Matter” onesies, then leaving them in the cart indefinitely, making them unavailable to other visitors. The attacks apparently involved at least two sites: Trump’s official campaign store and his nonpolitically themed Trump gift shop.

. . . . This is a version of a real exploit called a “denial of inventory” attack — basically, buying up huge amounts of limited-stock items (or things like restaurant reservations and hotel rooms) but never completing the transaction. It works if a shop actually reserves an item when a user puts it in a cart, and it’s most effective if there are no limits on how many items people can buy at a time, if cart contents don’t expire after a fixed period or if the attacker is using bots to constantly refresh the fake purchases.

This is as diabolical and awful as it is smart.  If the Trump merch sites are putting too much faith in carted products, this can and will hurt; however, if the Trump sites switch to the “only X number left!” model, they’ll be fine, because items are shifted from paid for to ready to ship.

President Trump, for his part, apparently feels that he’s alone in the fight against anti- and un-American forces that are in a Marxist “struggle” (i.e. violent revolution) against our country and all we hold dear.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1277977452187275266

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 2, 2020 at 11:06 am

Tik Tok is communist Chinese owned.

Todd With Trump
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Gonna keep playing this??over & over & over again ? until the corrupt beotch in the Speakers Chamber is eliminated from that position. She lies, she steals, she cheats &!she’s corrupt as he!!

It’s time to make a yuge stand Patriots ?. #VotePelosiOut??

https://mobile.twitter.com/THeinrich22/status/1184444290916896769

    Earlier this week, the Government of India did what I dearly wish we in this country had the nerve to do – it banned Tik-Tok and 59 other Chinese owned and operated Apps from any use inside India, on the grounds that they posed a “Threat to the Sovereignty and Integrity” of India.

    India has reportedly been the source of over 600 million TikTok installs since the App was launched. This is going to have quite an impact.

buckeyeminuteman | July 2, 2020 at 11:10 am

Trump really is the key to holding onto any sanity in this country. If he were to throw in the towel by not seeking another term or resigning now; our nation and the entire western world would be lost. The crazies would take over and bring in their ilk from around the world. I’m so glad he is a fighter and a winner and loves the competition. I’m not saying he is perfect, but he is LITERALLY all we’ve got.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 2, 2020 at 11:14 am

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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Jun 30
THE LONE WARRIOR!
Rep. Steven Smith (R-GA)
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Replying to
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Far from it, sir.

We’re with you in this fight against Communism.

These people are using pages from an old playbook, but they never win.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RepStevenSmith/status/1278046959706791942

yeah, people with jobs don’t notice.

then leaving them in the cart indefinitely, making them unavailable to other visitors.

Really? I’ve never encountered a cart system like this. The cart doesn’t protect the buyer/non-buyer from prior sale, price increases, etc. It’s just a “to do” list with some numbers attached. Now obviously the seller knows what’s in the cart; sometimes a seller will try to entice a buyer into cracking open his wallet by offering a discount of unbought stuff in the cart. But allocating inventory? That’s just dumb.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to tom_swift. | July 2, 2020 at 11:48 am

    It should be that way. At the very least a shopping cart should expire if checkout doesn’t happen within a reasonable amount of time.

    In fact, expiring shopping carts used to be commonplace, which is why I developed a habit of never carting something until I was ready to close the sale.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Dusty Pitts. | July 2, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      In 25 years plus of using the internet and online businesses, all of the shopping carts empty out or expire after so many hours, so that you have reserved nothing by simply putting X number of an item in the shopping cart.

      Again the radical leftist Democrat Party and communist show just how totally ignorant and uneducated they are. Stupid stupid stupid!

      Even amazon.com which seems to almost permanently keep your items in the shopping cart, doesn’t reserve them or restrict them from being sold for actual buyers with money.

        I’ve found one exception, but since the inventory is in an actual physical store there’s never any guarantee that what you’ve carted will be available when the items get pulled for delivery.

        I don’t think the pickers at the store even look in the back if it’s not right there on the shelf.

        I’ve had items in the cart at Amazon for months.
        They obviously don’t lock up inventory based on the contents of a cart (but they do try to sell me those items later).

      tom_swift in reply to Dusty Pitts. | July 3, 2020 at 4:05 am

      Some empty, some persist indefinitely (Walmart, Amazon, etc).

      I find the ones which empty themselves to be annoying.

      The persistent carts can be very useful. Amazon and Walmart often change prices, sometimes to something ridiculously low, and that’s a good time to pounce. But these fluctuations are transient, so dawdling will defeat any advantage. I’ve bought granite surface plates, pianos, and target airguns for very aggressive prices this way. These items were sitting in my carts for so long I’d forgotten about them. But if there’s an alert for a price change (like at the top of the Amazon cart), I’ll be reminded when something exciting happens. It’s really a digital version of waiting for sales or coupons, except that the computer does the actual work.

    Paul in reply to tom_swift. | July 2, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I’m rather familiar with how shopping cart systems work, having built and run an internet shopping cart business from 1996 to 2002.

    It is not at all uncommon for the app to “reserve” or set aside items as soon as a shopper puts them “in the cart.” Think about it… the shopper would get PO’d if they put an item in the cart and then when they got to check-out they were told it was gone… you thought you had it in the cart but somebody completed the transaction faster than you did. This is an attempt to make the online shopping experience mirror the physical shopping experience as much as possible… you don’t let people steal things out of your cart when you’re at the store, right?

    And yes, the shopping cart apps will clear “stale” carts after some period of time. But as the article states, these punks are using “bots” to keep moving inventory into new dummy carts as the old dummy carts expire.

    Trump and Parscale have proven to be masters of this online game, they’ll shut this crap down soon enough.

    InEssence in reply to tom_swift. | July 3, 2020 at 12:16 am

    You could do one better. And every 30 seconds to 1 minute send them a notice of saying that the cart must be updated or purchased. Otherwise, the items are returned to inventory.

    To reinforce your point, I have “in stock” items in my cart. Then I made the purchase to find them on back order.

President Trump is not alone.

Dusty Pitts | July 2, 2020 at 11:51 am

if the attacker is using bots to constantly refresh the fake purchases.

Detectable and therefore stoppable.

    legacyrepublican in reply to Dusty Pitts. | July 2, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    There is also the possibility to limit the purchases to US only IP addresses.

    While it can be gotten around by the use of VPNs, those are not allowed in China for obvious reasons.

      Another thing they can do is track the “fingerprint” of the browser the same way Google and Amazon do – these are well known techniques, and how they track you from site to site. Once the fingerprint of a “denier” is identified, mess with them – let them think they have locked up inventory, but free it immediately, etc.

      https://amiunique.org/fp

So, Tik-Tok by way of Chinese central committee attempts to cancel Trump. Meanwhile, VISA attempts to cancel Gab, in collusion with Twitter? Tweets are the preeminent platform for hate speech and disinformation. Trump should find another platform for his fire-side chats.

if Trump Twitter it will collapse
It’s actually all about Trump

I’m convinced China has bought all our major media outlets. Notice how they aren’t crying for a government bailout because of declining revenue anymore?

Lucifer Morningstar | July 2, 2020 at 2:46 pm

If the Trump merch sites are putting too much faith in carted products, this can and will hurt; however, if the Trump sites switch to the “only X number left!” model, they’ll be fine, because items are shifted from paid for to ready to ship.

Or they could simply put a timer on the cart and tell the user/customer that if the transaction isn’t completed (ie a payment transaction isn’t completed) for the items in 1 hr/30min/15min/10minutes or whatever their cart will automatically be emptied and the stock put back in inventory for sale.

Problem solved. Easy peezy.

I’m all ready to go to all-out war with Amazon. Charge-backs, false claims ‘I never got the item in the mail!’, harassment of Amazon customer service, everything and even stuff I haven’t thought of yet.

If everybody in the US were to do this to Amazon, the damage done would be incalculable, also to Visa and Mastercard, who are as evil as Amazon is.

    tom_swift in reply to rdmdawg. | July 3, 2020 at 4:09 am

    harassment of Amazon customer service

    What, annoy some unfortunate victim in India? That doesn’t strike me as terribly productive.

The Donald subreddit created their own site a few months ago. It’s thedonald.win.

It’s already in the top 10,000 sites in the world and about 1200 in the US.

Legal Insurrection is at 15,000 in the US.

You left out an important word for this exploit: Childish.

theduchessofkitty | July 2, 2020 at 8:02 pm

E-commerce websites have not counted unsold items as subtracted from inventory for a long time. Once the order is placed, the item is subtracted from inventory unless there isn’t enough, in which case, the item is back ordered.

By “Tik tok users,” I assume you mean “ChiComs.”

David Foster | July 3, 2020 at 2:39 pm

Yeah, the site designs could probably be more resilient against this kind of thing…but I don’t think that’s the main point here. An attack of this sort would seem to violate the computer crime laws, and if so, should be prosecuted.

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