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IT Security: Rise of the Mobile Bad Bots

26 May, 2015

Fred Donovan, Fierce IT Security, cites the lastest on malware - bad bots - over the Internet, with info from Distil' research report. According to Donovan:  

Bad bots disguising themselves as mobile Web users are arriving in "droves," warned Distil Networks in its annual bad bots report (reg. req.).

In fact, bad bots make up more than 8 percent of mobile Web traffic, according to data collected from Distil's bot detection and mitigation platform.

T-Mobile USA achieved a dubious distinction last year; it became the first mobile carrier to make it into the list of the top 20 Internet service providers serving up the most bad bot traffic.

"For the first time in history, mobile bad bot traffic makes up a significant portion of overall bad bot traffic, having increased tenfold over the past year. Right now mobile bots make up less than 10 percent of the total bots, creating a greenfield of opportunity for the bad bot landscape to more than double very quickly," warned Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks.

Bad bots – malware that perform automated task over the Internet – carry out Web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, brownouts, account hijacking, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks, click fraud, and other nefarious activities. They challenge IT security and Web infrastructure teams and disrupt online operations around the globe.

More than 22 percent of all web traffic is from bad bots, according to Distil. Digital publishers are hit hardest by bad bots. Firefox and Chrome are nearly tied for bad bot traffic originators.

Amazon experienced the most bad bot traffic among ISPs and hosting providers in 2014, with 78 percent of all traffic. Former leader Verizon Business lowered its share of bad bot traffic in 2014 to just 2.83 percent, while Comcast and Time Warner Cable saw a 300 percent increase in bad bot activity in 2014.

For the Distil report visit http://www.distilnetworks.com   /   For more from Fred Donovan or IT Security info visit http://www.fierceitsecurity.com

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