Bots drove nearly 40% of internet traffic last year — and the naughty ones are getting smarter

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Distil Networks today published its 2019 Bad Bot Report, which looks at the current state of automated web traffic, both good and bad. The paper highlights some startling figures, including that bots accounted for 37.9 percent of all online traffic during 2018. This is a admittedly a startling number, but it actually represents a welcome decrease on last year’s figures. This decrease can be found across legitimate bot traffic (like, for example, the scrapers travel sites use to identify flight deals) as well as ill-intentioned bots (like those used to conduct denial-of-service attacks). These slumped by 14.4 percent and 6.4…

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