Bad Bots are Coming for You
Security is one of the top priorities on consumers' minds today and as they continue to move more of their lives into the digital world, companies must leverage technology that enables them to keep their consumers' data safe.
Distil Networks, a provider of bot detection and mitigation technology, has announced their findings from performing basic bot tests on various sites in conjunction with the Online Trust Alliance’s (OTA) Annual Online Trust Audit.
For those unaware, the OTAs Annual Online Trust Audit evaluates websites in e-commerce, financial services, media, social and U.S. government agencies in order to recognize companies that adopt best practices in consumer protection, security and privacy. In order to test websites, Distil Networks sent 50 bot requests into each website engaging one link per second with a default user agent that did not use any method to disguise itself. In order to pass the test sites had to block the bot within 25 page requests.
Alarmingly, the findings state that just 66 percent of social media website tested passed, the worst performing category. Also, more than 10 percent of the top 500 Internet retails and more than 30 percent of the top 50 media websites could not detect he most basic bot defense. Yet, if there were a bright side to the study it would be that the financial services websites tested were the highest performing, with 98 percent of the top 100 FDIC websites passing the test.
“These are the top websites in the world and we performed the most basic, easiest to detect bot test,” said Distil Networks CEO and co-founder Rami Essaid. “These bots can be performing a long list of nefarious acts on your website. Failing this test is equivalent to allowing the most basic bot threat to march right into your Web infrastructure.”