Rise of the Advanced Persistent Bots

March 24, 2016

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.

Rami Essaid, co-founder and CEO of Distil Networks, explained that advanced persistent bots "can mimic human behavior, load JavaScript and external assets, tamper with cookies, perform browser automation, and spoof IP addresses and user agents."

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