Ward off API scraping attacks

Build38 provides robust protection from API scraping attacks. Our solution’s powerful defense against these advanced threats centers around our active app hardening features. These include individualizing each app instance through X.509 certificates, injecting unique cryptographic keys, and maintaining a secure link with all app instances continuously.

How hackers do it

API scraping, also known as data scraping, is a hacking method where an attacker programmatically extracts data from a target’s Application Programming Interface (API) without proper authorization or consent.

This method often involves randomly sending requests to the API endpoints with the goal of progressively reverse engineering the back-end, and ultimately retrieving valuable data, such as user data or financial records, in return.

How Build38 protects your mobile apps

We protect your mobile apps from API scraping largely thanks to our exclusive Active App Hardening capabilities.

Active hardening

Active app hardening is accomplished with three distinct methods:

  • When an app is first launched, the Build38 Active Hardening Module issues X.509 certificates for each instance, ensuring that every app can be uniquely and securely identified throughout its lifespan.
  • The app hardening also verifies device binding information to strengthen the app’s local device binding at all times.
  • App hardening individualizes each app instance by injecting unique cryptographic keys into them, thereby reinforcing their local defense.

This not only enhances the app’s security but also bolsters the overall security of the entire mobile technology stack, including its back-end APIs.

The robust app individualization ensures that only legitimate app instances are authorized to access back-end APIs, effectively thwarting API scraping attacks. We achieve this in two ways:

  1. Enabling mutual TLS authentication in the API gateway.
  2. Leveraging our platform’s REST APIs to programmatically verify the app’s authenticity.

Why businesses choose Build38

Businesses worldwide trust Build38 with their mobile app security. Don’t just take our word for it—listen to what our customers have to say.

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