1Bad Bots Account for Increasing Volume of Web Traffic, Distil Reports
Automated scripts and programs, known as bots, are being used for both good and bad purposes. Good bots include things like web search crawlers, while bad bots have malicious intentions, aiming to defraud websites and trick them in some way. According to Distil Networks’ Bad Bot Report 2018, 21.8 percent of all website traffic in 2017 was from a bad bot, up by 9.5 percent from 2016. Gambling sites, followed by airline websites, are the top target of bad bots, the 34-page report reveals. Most bots attempt to stay concealed by identifying their user agents as legitimate web browsers. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at some of the highlights of the Distil Networks Bad Bot Report 2018.
2Most Web Traffic Still Comes From Humans
3Bots Are Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated
4Gambling Sites Are Top Bot Target
5Sophisticated Bots Take Aim at E-commerce
6Bots Attack Sites of All Sizes
7Most Bots Self-Report as Chrome
8Made in the USA
Bad bots can come from anywhere in the world, but in 2017, the leading source was the United States.