Though botnets may make life more convenient, a security firm says that roughly 40 percent of them are actually malicious, VentureBeat reported late last week.
According to Distil Networks, for every cool, new bot — designed to help make shopping, weather, travel and even real estate easier — there are bad bots being created that post a serious security threat to consumers.
“Bots are the centerpiece of a hacker’s toolkit,” Rami Essaid, CEO and cofounder of Distil Networks, a security firm specializing in bot detection and mitigation, explained.
In Distil Networks’ “2016 Bad Bots Landscape Report,” it noted that hackers utilize bots to intercept Web traffic and automate attacks, as well as exploit website vulnerabilities.
In the past, bad bots were primarily used to apprehend information from competing businesses, such as intellectual property, financial data and inventory and pricing information.