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Automated Attacks on Mobile Apps Are On the Rise: ShieldSquare’s The Big, Bad Bot Problem Report

December 5, 2018 | All Automated Threats Bot Prevention Technologies ShieldSquare Research


With the ever-growing demand for customer data, pricing information, and market intelligence, automated attacks on online businesses are increasing. Attackers are combining sophisticated tools, different user agents, and leveraging cutting-edge technologies to bypass conventional defenses.

Recently we studied traffic on thousands of anonymized web properties to understand the origin of bad bots, the target of these bots, and most exploited attack surfaces during Q2 and Q3 2018. We published the observations in our recently released The Big, Bad Bot Problem Report Q3 2018.

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The report reveals some insightful yet surprising results:

  • Most of the bad bots originated from Russia.
  • Bad bots are on the rise across industries. On average, 14.8% of the total traffic was bad bots in Q2 and Q3 combined.
  • Data centers have emerged as safe harbors for bad bots.
  • Web applications are the most exploited attack surface across industries. 22.4% of total traffic was bad bots on web applications in Q3. However, we observed that attacks on mobile apps have increased in recent months.
  • Travel websites have the highest percentage of bad bot traffic, followed by e-commerce and real estate firms.

To learn more about our findings, click here to download a copy of the report

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