Every year, Distil Networks extrapolates year-to-year bad bot data to help companies protect their online operations and web infrastructure. The 2015 Bad Bot Report reveals a significant rise in mobile bots, as well as disturbing developments in the levels of sophistication exhibited by bad actors.
The term bot is short for robot and is simply any automated tool or script that’s designed to perform a specific task. Some are good, some are bad. The primary task of a bot today is to perform automated tasks faster than humans ever could.
Bots can be programmed to do anything a human can do on a computer, as long as that task has specific, logical and often repeatable steps. They are the key perpetrators of web content scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, account hijacking, unauthorised vulnerability scans, man-in-the-middle attacks, spam, click fraud, and pretty much anything else that has a negative impact on a website’s success.