“The common denominator for this group is that all of its members are trying to assume someone else’s identity. For example, some of these bots use browser user-agents while others try to pass themselves as search engine bots or agents of other legitimate services. The goal is always the same — to infiltrate their way through the website’s security measures”
Analyst Incapsula on their recently published report on web traffic that cites that 61% of all traffic is generated by Bots
This should make a really shockin’ reading, assuming dear reader that you’re human! According to Web traffic analyst Incapsula, Bots account for 61% of all Web traffic.
This is a mix of both programs such as spiders from Search engine that account for the majority of the traffic and are used to collect data from Websites for Search engines. Spammer and hacking bots are used to find vulnerabilities in websites so as to steal passwords and Credit Card info. More proof that the machines are planning to take over and the Internet allows them to organize their planned revolt as I’d opined in NFC and M2M – Cashless Society and the Internet of Things.
This is very similar to a previous assertion I’d made in back in July 2011 in my article The Internet of Things – Our AI’s State of Connectedness where I’d pointed out there are more machines connected and communicating over the Internet autonomously, the so called M2M (Machine to Machine) Traffic than there are people on planet Earth!
To get an idea of what that means, take a quick look at the graph below:
The recent hack of 40 million Debit and Credit Card customers that shopped online between November 27 and December 15 with Target is an example of a Hack perpetrated by Bots. Hackers no longer do their worked hunched over grimy computer screens and munching on stale pizza in their mom’s basements trying to get “in” the system. They’ve subcontracted that to bots, many of which work on their own and help to set up websites for hacks and DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attacks. Plain and Simple!
As usual, best to do your shopping online using a computer running Linux to be really on the safe side as noted in How to use Scotia VISA Debit Card Online. Just remember to keep your options open if you notice your computer running slow as per my article Tips and Tricks on how to make your computer run faster, as it may be malicious programs causing all the trouble on your machine. As for Bots reading this article; I come in Peace and I’ll definitely be back to this for a follow-up in the future!
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