Imperva Bad Bot Report 2024: Unveiling the Evolving Landscape of Automated Threats

The Imperva Bad Bot Report 2024: Unveiling the Evolving Landscape of Automated Threats

In today’s digital age, businesses and individuals face a growing threat from sophisticated bots designed to exploit vulnerabilities and disrupt online operations. The 11th annual Imperva Bad Bot Report provides a comprehensive analysis of this evolving landscape, offering valuable insights into the nature and impact of automated traffic.

Bad bots are software applications that perform automated tasks with malicious intent. These bots are often used for scalping, which involves obtaining limited availability items to resell them at a higher price. They can also extract data from websites without permission to gain a competitive advantage. Bad bots can even be used to create distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeted at the application. Some bad bots undertake criminal activities such as fraud and outright theft, such as bots that perform credential stuffing.

This report analyses data from the Imperva global network in 2023, including nearly 6 trillion blocked bad bot requests across thousands of domains and industries. It examines the motives and methodologies of bad bot operators, highlighting their impact on various sectors, including retail, finance, travel, and entertainment.

It also explores the alarming trend of rising bad bot traffic, which reached 32% of all internet traffic in 2023, and examines the increasing sophistication of these bots, which often mimic human behaviour to evade detection. It also investigates the evolving tactics employed by bad bot operators, including the use of residential proxies and the exploitation of mobile user agents.

This report helps organisations better understand:

  • The latest trends in bad bot behaviour
  • The industries most targeted by bot attacks
  • The potential risks associated with inadequate bot management
  • The importance of adopting robust security measures

Download the Imperva Bad Bot Report 2024 to gain insights that can help you protect your business from the evolving threat of bad bots.


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