Could Bots Be Targeting Your Website?

March 24, 2016

Bad bots are on the rise and they’re targeting real estate websites. Bots can be used by competitors and hackers to web scrape, hijack accounts, steal data, spam, digital ad fraud, and more.

“When we dug into the bot activity in 2015, we identified an influx of Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs),” says Rami Essaid, co-founder and CEO of Distil Networks in their 2016 Bad Bot Landscape Report.

“ABPs can mimic human behavior, load JavaScript and external assets, tamper with cookies, perform browser automation, and spoof IP addresses and user agents," says Essaid. "The persistency aspect is that they evade detection with tactics like dynamic IP rotation from huge pools of IP addresses, using Tor networks and peer to peer proxies to obfuscate their origins, and distributing attacks over hundreds of thousands of IP addresses.”

Eighty-eight percent of bad bot traffic were APBs in 2015, according to the report.

“This shows that bot architects have already taken note of traditional bot detection techniques and are finding new sophisticated ways to invade websites and APIs, in an effort to take advantage of critical assets and impact a business's bottom line,” says Essaid.

Read the Article

Previous Article
Gartner Market Guide for Online Fraud Detection
Gartner Market Guide for Online Fraud Detection

Gartner published their Market Guide for Online Fraud Detection to provide fraud managers and web infrastru...

Next Video
Ensuring Real Estate Listing Data Security for Internet Data Exchange (IDX) & Virtual Office Websites (VOW)
Ensuring Real Estate Listing Data Security for Internet Data Exchange (IDX) & Virtual Office Websites (VOW)

Ensuring Real Estate Listing Data Security for Internet Data Exchange (IDX) & Virtual Office Websites (VOW)...