Bad Bots Fewer but More Formidable: Report

March 24, 2016

Bot protection firm Distil Networks has published its annual report that uncovers trends and statistics on global bot traffic across the Internet.

In 2015, 46 percent of all web traffic originated from bots, with over 18 percent from bad bots, the report said. Those figures are down from the previous year, when bots made up 59 percent of all web traffic in 2014, with roughly 22 percent of that traffic coming from bad bots. Back in 2013, Distil Networks found that 24.22 percent of all web traffic could be traced to bad bots. 

For the first time since 2013, humans outnumbered bots in terms of website traffic, with humans accounting for 54.4 percent of all website traffic.

Distil explains that “bad bots” are used by competitors, hackers and fraudsters to conduct malicious activities such as web scraping, brute force attacks, fraud, account hijacking, data theft, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, digital ad fraud, and more.

So why the drop in bot traffic? According to the report, bot operators are making improvements their software, and creating what Distil Networks calls “advanced persistent bots” or “APBs”. Bad bot operators are opting for quality over quantity, they said.

 

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