In a World … Where Bots May be Taking Over the Internet

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Spammers make up 0.5 percent

This number is a big decrease. Spam bot traffic was 2 percent in 2012. Spammers target blogs, forums and websites to post malware/phishing links and try to divert traffic to a target website to improve its SEO rankings. The decrease in spammer activity could be credited to Google's most recent anti-spam efforts to update the Google algorithm via Penguin 2.0 and 2.1.

Making sure your organization's website is safe, secure and running without any malicious activity under the radar is a major concern today, especially since we live in a time when website activity is not limited to humans. Bots, short for Internet robots, are programmed to execute certain commands on the Web.

Last year, cloud-based security company Incapsula conducted a bot study collecting data from thousands of websites to find out how prevalent bots are on the Internet, which ones are good or bad, and how their activity measures up to human activity. Over a 90-day period, the company collected data from a group of 20,000 sites on its network, amounting to 1.45 billion visits. Here are the punch lines from the report.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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