Here's why it's getting harder to distinguish between human and bot traffic

June 27, 2018

Some 8% of all bad bot traffic comes from mobile devices, according to Distil Networks. Here's how to avoid infection.

Sophisticated bad bots have evolved to take over mobile devices, leading to increased difficulty in identifying and mitigating the threats they pose, according to a Wednesday report from Distil Networks.

Bots—software applications that run scripts over the internet—make up more than half of all internet traffic. All websites with login pages have been hit with bad bot traffic and face account takeover attempts, a past Distil Networks report found. This creates a major blind spot for IT teams, as 79% of security leaders said they can't tell for certain if web traffic comes from humans or bots, according to another recent report.

Mobile bots are launched from both smart devices and laptops in public places, and use cellular networks to hit their targets, according to the Distil Networks report. By connecting through these cellular gateways, the bots can stay hidden, and are unlikely to be found by IP address blocking. The large number of requests, and the fact that mobile gateways don't provide device origin details, make it even easier for bots to stay under the radar, the report noted.

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