2023 Bad Bot Report

This report focuses on bad bot activity at the application layer (layer 7 of the OSI model). These are entirely different from volumetric DDoS attacks, the latter of which manipulate lower-level network protocols.

The 10th annual Imperva Bad Bot Report is a threat research report that analyzes and investigates the automated attacks occurring daily, sneaking past traditional detection methods and wreaking havoc on the internet. It is based on data collected from the company’s global network throughout 2022, which includes 6 trillion blocked bad bot requests, anonymized across thousands of domains.

This 10th edition of the report not only delves into the latest trends and statistics surrounding bad bots but also provides a retrospective look at bots over the past decade. In addition, this report offers meaningful information and guidance about the nature and impact of bots to help organizations better understand the potential risks of bot traffic when not properly managed.

Such activities include web scraping, competitive data mining, personal and financial data harvesting, brute-force login, scalping, digital ad fraud, denial of service, spam, transaction fraud, and more. They can consume bandwidth, slow down servers, and steal sensitive data, leading to financial losses and damage to a company’s reputation

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