Bad Bots Attack Rate Sky High
Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 02:03 PM gHale
Bots, with the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things and all things connected, are continuing their growth pattern and that means manufacturers are at a greater risk of suffering an attack, a new report found.
Almost every website that has a login page is under attack from bad bots, according to a report from Distil Networks, a company that hands bot detection and mitigation. These automated programs put at use by hackers and other cyber criminals remain very efficient.
The report finds websites requiring a login are almost certainly suffer from an attack by bad bots. With a 96 percent attack rate, these bad bots end up used by competitors, hackers, and fraudsters, and they’re most often than not to blame for web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, data theft, spam, digital ad fraud, and site downtime.
“Massive credential dumps like Ashley Madison and Yahoo, coupled with the increasing sophistication of bad bots, has created a world where bad bots are running rampant on websites with accounts,” said Rami Essaid, chief executive and co-founder of Distil Networks. “Website defenders should be worried because once bad bots are behind the login page, they have access to even more sensitive data for scraping and greater opportunity to successfully carry out transaction fraud.”
The Internet is full of bots, good and bad. In fact, their presence is so vast 40 percent of all web traffic in 2016 came from bots. Bad bots alone were responsible for half that amount.
Data shows that 60 percent of bad bots come from data centers, not residential or mobile. Amazon is the top originating Internet Service Provider for the third year in a row, with 16 percent of all bad bot traffic. This is the about four times more than the next ISP.
The report shows that unique content and product and pricing information are attractive to bad bots. Next, sites with sign-up, login and account pages are often targeted, as well as payment processors, and sites that have web forms, such as contact, discussion forums or review sections.
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