There is one extremely common threat to our security that nearly everyone has witnessed but nobody seems to talk about – bad bots. These silent attackers are often thought of as annoying spam accounts posting computer-generated comments online. They are so common that most of us tend to scroll by them without noticing, but in reality, bad bots are much more dangerous, particularly for business owners.
What Are Bad Bots?
Bad bots are software applications that are programmed to run automated tasks with malicious intent, such as brute force attacks, data mining, ad fraud, and more. These stealthy assailants are the tireless, automated “employees” of cybercriminals that help them wreak havoc at scale. And they are everywhere. A study by Imperva revealed that of all Internet traffic in 2022, 47.4% was made up of these automated bots.
The activities of these bad bots can range from annoying to outright malicious. The most common ones we see that can affect any business are:
This can be particularly dangerous for industries with sensitive data, like health care. Bots can scrape sensitive health information, such as patient records, medical history, and insurance information, which is often later sold on the dark web for profit.
Detecting bad bots can be challenging since they often mimic human behavior. The hardest ones to identify are evasive bots, which get their name from their ability to sidestep security by cycling through random IPs, rapidly changing their identities, mimicking human behavior, and defeating CAPTCHA challenges. However, there are a few methods to help you identify bad bot attacks:
If you notice repeated issues, there are a few actions you can take, such as:
Bad bots can have a significant impact on business owners, leading to financial losses, reputational damage, and legal complications. If you’re concerned about the threat of bad bots to your organization, schedule a FREE 15-Minute Consultation and we’ll help figure out where your company is vulnerable and how you can protect yourself and your business today. Click here to book now.