F5 Networks has released a rather neat whitepaper, or rather an ebook, which talks about bots and both how they evolved into something new as well as how they actually become one of the key tools in cybercrime.
According to the report, over 50 percent of online traffic in 2016 was actually generated by bots, and 94 percent of all websites have experienced a bot attack in that same year.
The biggest boost in bot quantity and its come from smart-home devices and digital assistants which are both getting more useful as well as provide further integration with other connected devices.
With bot technology, machine learning and AI keep evolving, there are plenty of new tasks where bots are handy and since they are getting smarter, it has become quite hard to make them secure, allowing them to be used for anything from consumer fraud or IP theft to minor personal grudges.
As any useful tool, bots can be used for DDoS attacks, intellectual property theft, resource hoarding, competitive intelligence and more.
The ebook from F5 Networks suggest that understanding of the opportunities and threats posed by security issues, optimizing business intelligence in the age of bots, and deploying certain steps like using bot “acceptable use” policies, full-featured and flexible web application firewalls (WAFs), traffic management tools, and more, can prevent many of those malicious bot security threats and keep bots in check.