Bot traffic on the descent: Will the real GET request please stand up?

March 24, 2016

The humans are clawing back the interest as new research from Distil Networks shows a slight decline in bot traffic for 2015

New research from Distil Networks has shown that in 2015, overall bot traffic, as compared to human traffic, decreased slightly from the levels monitored in 2013 and 2014.

Analyzing 74 billion bot requests, anonymised data from several hundred customers, and web traffic from 17 data centers, the company's research has shown that from 2014 to 2015, good bot traffic decreased from 36.32 percent to 27.04 percent of website traffic, and bad bot traffic decreased from 22.78 percent to 18.61 percent. The result is that humans now make up 54.4 percent of all website traffic.  

Internet traffic boffins from Distil attributed this to a significant influx of new internet users, especially fromChina, India, and Indonesia. That, and the fact that bot operators continue to improve their software, creating more Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs).

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