Bad Bots Account for Increasing Volume of Web Traffic, Distil Reports
Automated scripts and programs, known as bots, are being used for both good and bad purposes. Good bots include things like web search crawlers, while bad bots have malicious intentions, aiming to defraud websites and trick them in some way. According to Distil Networks; Bad Bot Report 2018, 21.8 percent of all website traffic in 2017 was from a bad bot, up by 9.5 percent from 2016. Gambling sites, followed by airline websites, are the top target of bad bots, the 34-page report reveals. Most bots attempt to stay concealed by identifying their user agents as legitimate web browsers.