I've been a huge fan of Frozen Synapse ever since it was released back in 2011. It's a strategy game which looks like chess, only players move their pieces at the same time and discover the outcome at the end of the turn. I had thought about looking into the game's internals a few times these past years and I finally found some time to do it.
A few days ago, I noticed that ApkTrack (an Android app I maintain) could no longer query one of the websites it usually obtains data from. The app works mostly through web scraping and once in a while, the target websites set up new countermeasures to prevent bots from accessing their contents (even innocuous bots such as this app). In this post, we'll see how the protection I encountered this week-end was bypassed.