Distil Networks report finds bad bot activity is declining, but advanced persistent bots are on the rise
There's good news and bad news on the bad bot front. The good news is that bad bot activity is declining. The bad news is that advanced persistent bot activity is increasing.
Bad bots are used by hackers and fraudsters to carry out Web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, data theft, and other security transgressions, according to security firm Distil Networks, which released its annual Bad Bot Landscape Report on Thursday.
The report found that 46 percent of all Web traffic originates from bots, with more than 18 percent from bad bots. Of those bad bots, a disturbing 88 percent were advanced persistent bots last year.