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Internet robots are getting smarter and imitating people

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Bots are becoming a bigger threat as they get smarter, a new report.

A whopping 73.6 percent of the bad bots are so-called Advanced Persistent Bots, that use of anonymous proxies, changing their identity and the mimicking of human behavior, according to the 2019 Bad Bot Report, Distil Networks, which provides a Web content protection services.

The growing pool of compromised credentials, or other sensitive data, is a windfall for poor bone operators. “Every new data breach will see an increased availability of references and leads to higher volumes of bad bot traffic,” Extract said. “With more than 14 billion credentials stolen from 2013, the problem is…it will only get worse.”

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What is a characteristic of poor bone exactly? A bot, in general, is software that runs automated tasks or scripts. The typical bad bot scrapes data from sites without permission in order to re-use, usually to gain a competitive edge, the report said. But the really bad bots are part of criminal enterprises, such as fraud and theft.

Good bots, on the other hand, are harmless search engine crawlers, such as GoogleBot, which, through the indexing, helping people with their questions, with the most relevant websites.

Smarter

Advanced bad bots to reproduce the movements of the mouse and click on a fool even sophisticated methods for the detection and mask their activity by “reverse engineering, detection systems,” Extract said.

“Advanced attackers now show final behaviour that they know about the technology that they are trying to beat, and they are constantly learning how to adapt their tactics,” the study said.

Companies in the financial services sector have the highest percentage of bad bots, with these companies often get hit by bots trying to gain access to user accounts, Distilling said.

Other sectors that are affected are:

  • Ticketing, where bots influence ticket prices and the seat of the inventory.
  • The government, which deals with the election bots that try to interfere with the registration of voters accounts;
  • Airlines, who are struggling with the price scraping bots of competitors.
  • E-commerce businesses are the target of the price scraping, content scraping, account takeovers, credit card fraud and gift card abuse.

In 2019, the US tops the list of bad bot origination countries for the fifth consecutive year. “It is and remains the sole bad bot superpower, of which more than half (53.4%) of all bad bot traffic is coming from,” Distillation is added in its report.

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