Study: 88% of Bot Traffic from 'Advanced' Sources

March 24, 2016

The bots they are a'changing. That's the takeaway from a new Distil Networks study, which found that Advanced Persistent Bots are on the rise. According to the report nearly half (46%) of online traffic comes from bots, and 18% from 'bad bots'.

Just what are APBs? These bots mimic human behavior, making it difficult for businesses, agencies and advertising networks to get an accurate readings; they can also distribute attacks over many IP addresses. Researchers found that most (73%) are distributing attacks via multiple IPs and that 20% pass the 100 IP address mark.

"Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs) can mimic human behavior, load JavaScript and external assets, tamper with cookies, perform browser automation, and spoof IP addresses and user agents," said Rami Essaid, co-founder and CEO of Distil Networks. "The persistency aspect is that they evade detection with tactics like dynamic IP rotation from huge pools of IP addresses, using Tor networks and peer to peer proxies to obfuscate their origins, and distributing attacks over hundreds of thousands of IP addresses. This shows that bot architects have already taken note of traditional bot detection techniques and are finding new sophisticated ways to invade websites and APIs, in an effort to take advantage of critical assets and impact a business's bottom line."

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