Distil says 50 percent of sites have increased anti-bot security

Distil Networks has announced the findings of a new study that evaluated how top websites performed when attacked by advanced, evasive, simple and crude bots.

The data was revealed part of the Online Trust Alliance's (OTA) Online Trust Audit. Now in its 8th year, the Audit and Honor Roll recognises excellence in the adoption of best practices in consumer protection, security and responsible privacy practices.

The audit evaluated the top websites in retail, financial services, consumer services, OTA members, news and media, and top U.S. government agencies.

The data revealed a record 50 percent of sites have qualified for the Honor Roll, up from 30 percent just two years ago. At the same time, the audit identified concerning gaps in site security and data privacy practices.

According to Distil, bots are used by competitors, hackers and fraudsters and are the key culprits behind web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, data theft, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks, digital ad fraud, and downtime.

Bots vary in volume and sophistication, but all place an increasing burden on IT security and web infrastructure teams across the globe and wreak havoc across online operations big and small.

“Bots, especially Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs) are evolving in sophistication because of their polymorphic nature and quick deployment to access sensitive information and reap monetary benefits. Our 2016 Bad Bot Landscape Report found over 88 percent of all bad bot traffic last year was made up of APBs – bots that mimic human behavior,” said Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks.