In Protecting Against Bad Bot Attacks, Knowing Where to Look is Important

September 15, 2015 Rami Essaid

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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About the Author

Rami Essaid

Rami Essaid is the Chief Product and Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Distil Networks, the first easy and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. With over 12 years in telecommunications, network security, and cloud infrastructure management, Rami continues to advise enterprise companies around the world, helping them embrace the cloud to improve their scalability and reliability while maintaining a high level of security.

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