2016 Bad Bot Report

March 23, 2016

Now in its third year, the 2016 Distil Networks Bad Bot Report is the IT security industry's most in-depth analysis about the sources, types, and sophistication levels of last year's bot attacks. There are serious implications for anyone responsible for securing websites and APIs.

Bots enable high-speed abuse, misuse, and attacks on websites and APIs. They enable attackers, unsavory competitors, and fraudsters to perform a wide array of malicious activities. This includes web scraping, competitive data mining, personal and financial data harvesting, brute force login and man-in-the-middle attacks, digital ad fraud, spam, transaction fraud, and more.

By performing careful analysis on the bots—as well as their origins, capabilities and evasion techniques, we aim to provide valuable data to all parties looking to make the web more secure.

By reading this report, you’ll gain insight into:

  • The rise of Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs) and what it means for your business
  • Bad bot origins, targets, and typical behavior patterns
  • The capabilities of today’s bad bots and how they have grown over time
  • How modern bad bots evade detection of traditional security solutions
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