Fifth of Web Traffic Comes from Malicious Bots

Infosecurity Magazine | April 17, 2019

Around a fifth of all web traffic last year was linked to malicious bot activity, with financial services hit more than any other sector, according to Distil Networks. The security vendor compiled its 2019 Bad Bot Report from analysis of a global network covering thousands of anonymized domains. It claimed to have discovered hundreds of billions of “bad bot” requests across this network, enabling large-scale, automated malicious activity including: web scraping, competitive data mining, personal and financial data harvesting, brute-force login and digital ad fraud, spam, transaction fraud and more. The report revealed 20.4% of traffic to be linked to this kind of activity. Although this was a slight drop from last year, nearly three-quarters (74%) of these bots are classified as “Advanced Persistent Bots” (APBs) which are able “to cycle through random IP addresses, enter through anonymous proxies, change their identities, and mimic human behavior.” In terms of ISPs, bad bot traffic was most likely to originate from Amazon (18%), while geographically, most traffic originated in the US (53%), according to the report. However Russia and Ukraine accounted for nearly half (48%) of blocking requests from Distil customers, given their notoriety.

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The major data breaches of 2014 should be clear warning signs for all network administrators and application owners: attackers have become professional. Organizations now face potential exploitation by hackers, criminal gangs and foreign governments. 2014 saw more than 697 separate data breaches in the U.S., according to an October report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The organization estimates the 2014 attacks exposed over 81,443,910 personal records of customers, patients, partners and employees. Data breaches across industries and verticals demonstrate that any company can be a potential target. Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Smith writes, “law firms, accounting firms and other contractors are increasingly common targets for cyberattackers looking to grab valuable information such as intellectual property or details on pending deals.”

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The major data breaches of 2014 should be clear warning signs for all network administrators and application owners: attackers have become professional. Organizations now face potential exploitation by hackers, criminal gangs and foreign governments. 2014 saw more than 697 separate data breaches in the U.S., according to an October report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The organization estimates the 2014 attacks exposed over 81,443,910 personal records of customers, patients, partners and employees. Data breaches across industries and verticals demonstrate that any company can be a potential target. Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Smith writes, “law firms, accounting firms and other contractors are increasingly common targets for cyberattackers looking to grab valuable information such as intellectual property or details on pending deals.”

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