2017 was the year bots went mainstream. And more people and organizations are aware of what bots are and how they can be used to compromise digital assets. Distil Networks run the "Bad Bot Report 2018", and here some of the key findings:
- Russia is the most blocked country (followed by France, Taiwan, US and Ukraine) by companies that have implemented country-specific IP block requests.
- The US continues to be number one for bad bot traffic, which grew by 9.5 % (making up 42.2% of the traffic) in 2017, compared to 8.8 % for good bots. Humans accounted for 57.8% of the traffic.
- According to the latest SiteLock’s Website Security Insider Q4 2017 report, the average small business site experiences 44 attacks per day or 16,060 attacks per year.
- Highly sophisticated bad bots are the main challenge: Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs) can change their identities and mimic human behavior, cycle through random IP addresses, and enter through anonymous proxies. The APBs now make up the majority of bad bots at 74%.
Examining the bad bot problem doesn’t require deep knowledge of the technology behind attacks or the techniques used to prevent them. Instead, it requires a solid understanding of your business.
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