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The truth is out and it isn’t pretty: bad bots attack 96 percent of websites that have login pages, putting companies at risk of data theft, account takeover, and fraud.

“Almost every website with a login page is under attack from bad bots, the automated programs used by hackers, fraudsters and competitors to carry out a variety of nefarious activities,” Distil Networks reports.

Want some numbers? The report notes that:

  • 40 percent of all web traffic in 2016 originated from bots.
  • 76 percent of bad bots lie about coming from the most popular browsers, including Chrome, Safari Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
  • 60 percent of bad bots come from data centers, as opposed to residential or mobile. Amazon is the top originating Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the third year in a row.
  • 16 percent of bad bots self-reported as mobile users.
  • 75 percent of bad bots were Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs).

Distil Networks’s “The 2017 Bad Bot Report: If You Build It, They Will Come,” the fourth such report, is the IT security industry’s most in-depth analysis on the sources, types, and sophistication levels of current bot activity.

“Bad bots are used by competitors, hackers, and fraudsters and are the key culprits behind web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, data theft, spam, digital ad fraud, and downtime,” according to the report.

“Website defenders should be worried because once bad bots are behind the login page, they have access to even more sensitive data for scraping and greater opportunity to successfully carry out transaction fraud,” noted Rami Essaid, the CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks.

Want to read more about it? Download a full copy of the report here.

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