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Mobile Bots: The Next Evolution of Bad Bots

June 26, 2018

A Distil Research Lab Threat Report

From the early 2000s, bots have been roaming the internet, some beginning as useful tools but have evolved over time to increasingly abuse and de-fraud businesses.

A new type of bot—a mobile bot—is used by hackers and fraudsters and are hiding in plain sight in your pocket. Launched from both smart devices and laptops in public places, mobile bots use cellular networks to hit their targets. Our research has shown that 5.8% of all mobile devices on cellular networks are used in bad bot attacks.

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • The evolution of bots and new techniques used by bot operators
  • The scale of the problem posed by mobile bots
  • The characteristics of mobile bots and what it means for your business
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