Think bad bots on the Internet are just a nuisance and nothing more? Think again, writes Rami Essaid
Much of the non-human bot traffic online is malicious, and IT and security executives need to address the threats posed by bad bots or face possible data breaches and other risks to enterprise information resources.
Bots are programs coded to automate a certain task on the internet. While good bots make it easier for users to share information or conduct searches, bad ones are used for malicious reasons such as theft or damage.
In our 2015 Bad Bot Landscape Report, we found bots are the main culprits behind brute force attacks, competitive data mining, account hijacking, unauthorized vulnerability scans, and other attacks.
Clearly, there’s a growing volume of automated traffic online. While not all bots are bad, enough of them are that organizations need to be aware of the problem. Bad bots can come from virtually anywhere in the world. China in particular has become a major source of bad bots. The country is the leading source of bad bot mobile traffic in the world, with 31%. The three mobile carriers with the highest share of bad bot traffic are based in China.
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