According to a new study by Distil Networks Inc, 97 percent of major websites offer minimal to no security against bots. One thousand of the top websites in retail, financial services, consumer services, news and media – and even United States government agencies – were examined in the study.
Bots can be used by competitors, hackers, and other cybercriminals for things like website scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, data theft, and much more. Needless to say, they’re no small threat and protecting against them should be a priority.
“Bots, especially Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs) are evolving in sophistication because of their polymorphic nature and quick deployment to access sensitive information and reap monetary benefits,” stated Distil Networks CEO Rami Essaid, in a press release. “Our 2016 Bad Bot Landscape Report found over 88 percent of all bad bot traffic last year was made up of APBs – bots that mimic human behavior.”.
Distil Networks tested these websites against the four main kinds of bots, ranked by their level of sophistication. They include browser automation bots (advanced bots), hidden legitimate browser bots (evasive bots), bots lacking well-formed web browsers (simple bots), and bots acting as bots (crude bots).