Majority Of Bad Bots Behave Like Humans

March 24, 2016

And for the first time since 2013, humans outnumber bad bots on the Web -- but that doesn't mean humans are beating bots, new study shows.

Nearly all bad bot traffic on the Web imitates human user behavior in some way or attempts to evade detection, while humans now encompass more than 54 percent of all website traffic after being outnumbered by bots the past two years.

New 2015 bot data from Distil Networks, which draws from its Hadoop cluster that includes 74 billion bot requests and data culled from its customer base shows, that bad bot traffic decreased from 22.78% to 18.61% from 2014 to 2015, while good bot traffic dropped from 36.32% to 27.04% during that period, putting human user traffic on top. But the jump in human Web traffic likely has much to do with a rise in new Internet users in China, India, and Indonesia, the report says.

“Bots still have the upper hand,” says Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil. “What we’ve seen in the past year is bots are more sophisticated in their tactics and more focused: the bad guys are lot less likely to throw [bots] on the Web to a more focused approach of ‘we’re going to narrow down the attack to a specific aspect of a Web app.’"

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