Majority Of Bad Bots Behave Like Humans

For the first time since 2013, humans outnumber bad bots on the internet and are responsible for 54% of all web traffic, Kelly Jackson Higgins of InformationWeek reports.

New 2015 data released by Distil Networks indicates that bad bot traffic decreased to 18.61% from 22.78% in 2014. Good bot data dropped too, from 36.32% in 2014 to 27.04% in 2015. The report credits increased internet access in the developing world as responsible for the increase in human traffic.

To evade detection, the bad bots attempt to imitate human behavior – and some do so very effectively. “What we’ve seen in the past year is bots are more sophisticated in their tactics and more focused: the bad guys are lot less likely to throw [bots] on the Web to a more focused approach of ‘we’re going to narrow down the attack to a specific aspect of a Web app,’” said Distil’s CEO Rami Essaid.

Based in Raleigh, NC, Distil Networks offers services to protect clients from malicious bots that may engage in web scraping, competitive data mining, form spam and click fraud.

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